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JEAN-CHARLES DE RAVENEL PALM BEACH REVISITED AT LINDROTH

Mrs. Harrison Williams at home "Blythedunes" by Jean-Charles de Ravenel

Mrs. Harrison Williams at home “Blythedunes” by Jean-Charles de Ravenel

I’m sad to say our upcoming trip to Palm Beach has had to be postponed. Our beloved Scott McBee had to dash off to California on a family matter.

We’d secured rooms at the Colony Hotel Palm Beach – which is always my hotel of choice in Palm Beach. Needless to say, we were so looking forward to catching up with friends and enjoying a bit of Palm Beach splendor. But as we like to say, delays don’t mean a denial — and we’re already rescheduling our visit!

For those of you on your way to Palm Beach, you must stop by our super chic friend Amanda Lindroth’s boutique where she has brought the best of Lyford elegance and sophistication to Palm Beach! Of particular note, Lindroth will be showcasing the collage work of our exquisite friend Jean-Charles de Ravenel in an exhibition entitled “Palm Beach Revisted.” The renowned artist will be showing 14 works celebrating Palm Beach in the fabulous 1930s – a time when manners, elegance, charm, and sophistication were the order of the day — where people dressed up, decorated, and entertained in great style.

We are sharing two of de Ravenel’s magnificent works. Mrs. Harrison Williams at Home “Blythedunes” (decorated by Syrie Maugham and later becoming the home of Charles and Jane Wrightsman) See above; Secondly, Mrs. Harrison Williams on board “Warrior.” See below.

Mrs.Harrison Williams on board "Warrior" by Jean-Charles de Ravenel

Mrs.Harrison Williams on board “Warrior” by Jean-Charles de Ravenel

This is one of those must-see exhibitions, and is on view from:

February 11th through April 2016

Lindroth 312 B South County Road, Palm Beach. Phone 561-249-1205

In lieu of actually being there, I’m sharing a flashback to a couple of my own favorite Palm Beach looks!

James Andrew — Palm Beach style

James Andrew — Palm Beach style


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SCOTT HOUSTON MCBEE’S WONDERLAND MENAGERIE – CHINESE PORCELAIN COMPANY

James Andrew at the Chinese Porcelain Company – Paintings by Scott Mcbee – photo  Matt Brown

James Andrew at the Chinese Porcelain Company – Paintings by Scott Mcbee – photo Matt Brown

As many of you know, Scott McBee’s animal paintings were first shown in Lyford where the works were promptly snapped up by eager collectors. Now you can see McBee’s exhibition “Wonderland Menagerie” here in the city at the Chinese Porcelain Company. The spectacular show just opened two days ago to rave reviews!

Of the work, McBee tells us: “A life-long affection for animal life has provided much inspiration for my current body of work. Certainly, growing up with 3 horses, 14 dogs, various cats, and other animals has greatly influenced my life and art! I owned and marveled at many toy animals as a child, and these cherished memories are the basis of my chosen subjects. To me, they were miniature pieces of art, and I still see see them as such. Now, by rendering this myriad of beautiful creatures in highly saturated pigments, unusual color combinations, and elevated materials such as gold leaf, I celebrate and share a continuing sense of playfulness and joy.”

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Scott Houston McBee – Wonderland Menagerie
The Chinese Porcelain Company
Showing through February 3rd , 2016
232 East 59th Street 5th floor, New York City
212-838-7744

Chinese Porcelain Company’s Pierre Durand lends his enthusiastic impressions: “…the viewer’s eye is immediately hooked and drawn in for a closer peek…McBee renders every detail: from the fur of the llama to the flick of the zebra’s tail. With McBee’s signature flair, each animal wears its own poignant expression and is filled with whimsical quirks.”

This is a not-to-be missed exhibition and it is amazing to see the work in such a sublime setting mixed with the rare antiques and 20th century modernist masterpieces that you’ll always find at the Chinese Porcelain Company.

I am photographed at The Chinese Porcelain Company by the endlessly talented Matt Brown surrounded by Scott McBee’s marvelous menagerie. I am sporting a Tom Ford charcoal wool glenn plaid suit, magenta large scale check silk tie, magenta silk pocket square and black and saddle leather loafers, custom made cotton shirt in charcoal and magenta stripes by Paul Stuart NY, Seaman Schepps grey pearl cuff links, vintage Rolex, fragrance by Tom Ford London, and a bit of a sun kissed glow courtesy Tom Ford Bronzing Gel.

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NEW FROM FLAMMARION

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I recently received two new tremendous tomes: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau and A Day at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. These intimate and exquisite volumes offer the most incredible insight into two of the most iconic French châteaux. With lavish photos, engaging tidbits and supporting historical records, they are all that we’ve come to expect from Flammarion.

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

As many of you know, Fontainebleau was one of the few royal residences left in tact after the French Revolution, and it and many of the choice pieces of the original art the palace still houses are all beautifully rendered in this extraordinary little volume. Just 37 miles outside of Paris, and enchanting beyond belief, it’s well worth a pilgrimage to see. Hop in your Citroën (or take a quick train from Gare de Lyon) and go.

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

From: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

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ALSO FROM FLAMMARION

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A Day at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte by Jean-Charles de Vogue and Ascanio de Vogue (who are 5th generation ancestors of the estate). Vaux Le Vicomte certainly inspired the design of many palaces – most notably Versailles. With its spectacular Le Notre designed formal gardens, Le Vau architecture, and Le Brun interiors, it is the quintessential French chateau. Its gloriously superb proportions and pristine grounds will have you instantly transported to the 17th/18th c. – especially if you happen to take a stroll along the grand allée on a drizzly day when there are few other visitors to break the spell! In any case this Flammarion publication is sure to evoke all of this and more for you — the book is your own private tour and grants wonderfully exclusive access. Just be prepare to be enthralled by the secrets, power struggles and jealousies of court life captured within its pages!

From: A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte

From: A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte

From: A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte

From: A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte

From: A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte

From: A Day at Château de Vaux le Vicomte

Needless to say, your copies of A Day at Château de Fontainebleau, and A Day at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, make a perfect pair, and will perhaps wet your appetite for a visit (and certainly serve as an outstanding memento upon your return as well!).

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