Fabergé, Warhol and Renoir at Hip, Intimate AIFAF

Visual of Alexander the Great, presented by Geza von Hapsburg

Stunning still, International Fine Art Fair's 17th Edition, with fully one third fewer exhibitors than in years past, nonetheless featured international dealers and priceless treasures from the past, this edition mixed with more contemporary works.


One of the daily lectures was on Faberge's works by expert Geza von Hapsburg,  great great grandson of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria and grandson of King Fredrick Augustus II of Saxony, was so overflowing that an entire extra room had to be opened! Mr. von Hapsburg is the author of 13 books on Peter Carl Faberge, and former head of Christie's in Europe.


Gone this year were the stunning models dripping Graff diamonds, the booth replaced by a lavender and green-tinged Faberge exposition. England's Richard Green Gallery featuring Impressionist works by Pissaro and Renoir, some selling going for upwards of $5 million, and also displaying works by notable artists Claude Monet, Jean Beraud and Gerhard Richter. It was a museum-like stroll through fine paintings. The wonderful suits of armor, aways evocative, were back from Peter Finer Antiques, which also showed an astonishingly detailed model of the ship Brittania.


The overflow crowd at the lecture

The hip atmosphere was symbolized by a wilting, European-style street Lamp, Dali-esque in shape and feel, while the VIP lounge featured iconic images of Marilyn Monroe.

At Mark Borghi Fine Art, the Andy Warhol celebrity photos were all in an arresting row. A marble statue at Mallett, along with the firm's outstanding collection of furniture and works of art, including pictures, clocks and other high quality objets d'art, primarily from the 18th century and Regency periods and a selection of Modern works as well. Valerie Antiques' Lalique,and  the contemporary jewelry designs of Rebecca Koven, were all the superb.

The new jewels at the Fabergé, crafted from emerald and moonstone, herald a new era for the brand, a morphing of the exquisite jewelry of Peter Carl Fabergé, who was goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court a century ago. The most expensive original Fabergé egg sold for about $14 million by Christie's in November 2007. The newest store sells exclusive pieces on Madison Avenue in New York. Luca Berta and Brian Dolan of Fabergé were on hand at the AIFAF pouring champagne for guests.


David Setford, former curator at the Norton Museum of Art

and Executive Director of the Hyde Collection
Collection, Introducing Geza von Hapsburg

At Waterhouse & Dodd were contemporary works by Alexander Calder, Albert Gleizes, Albert Marquet, Gustave Loiseau, Henri Lebasque, Fernand Leger, Jean Metzinger, Raoul Dufy, Susan Valadon, Jean Francois Rauzier and Lynn Chadwick. Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso were seen in many displays, and Jean Luis Basquiat made an appearance at Long-Sharp Gallery's “Picasso to Pop,” as the Indianapolis-based gallery, which specializes in. the street artist's pen-and-ink drawings.


Seen were Newporters Jay Serzan and Matt Parent and  friends, photographer Javier “Jabo” Bohorquez, Amy Goersky, Kenneth Easton, Judy Mahburn and Francis Phelps III.



AIFAF emphasizes artwork and decorative arts that have withstood the test of time. From Old Masters, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism to Post War and Pop Art, collectors will have the opportunity to view and purchase treasures rarely seen outside major museum collections. For information go to www.IFAE.com



Geza von Hapsburg, with details about the great Faberge

An exquisite Faberge clock

Currently in New York's Metropolitan Museum, the

exquisitely detailed Lilies of the Valley by Faberge

A Faberge egg, and the surprise it enclosed

A significant collector of Faberge, Sheik Itann, along with

Armand Hammer, Marjorie Merriweather Post, Malcolm

Forbes and Consuelo Vanderbilt& Pierpont Morgan


Geza von Hapsburg speaking with attendees post-lecture

At the AIFAF, a treasure

Fine books from Imperial of New York City

A gorgeous statue at AIFAF

An exquisite malachite box

 A stained glass dog at ?

Fallen from, and inspired by, a painting

Luca Berta and Matt Parent

Vivid work from Katharina Rich Perlow, New York

Guests among the treasures

Anthony Fuller with a Picasso

Gorgeous art deco chandeliers

The finest of Oriental rugs

A fine pin on the lapel of a patron

The VIP lounge with light sculptures

Connoisseur Magazine display

Murano glass for collectors

Fascinating light sculpture

Jewels by Gem Art of Ecuador


Kenneth Easton & Ellen Leigh enjoying the Fair


The central aisle


The central space, with melting lamp post



Ship model of theh Brittania at Peter Finer, London


A sit of armor from Peter Finer


Exquisite impressionist paintings at Richard Green


Fine Chinese art



Trudy Muhlburn & Francis Phelps III


Exquisite Faberge moderne


Ferma from Barcelona



Hip, modern sculpture



Javier “Jabo” Bohorquez, NewPalmer Jay Serzan & Matt Parent


Young collectors Bobby Llewellyn & Amy Goersky



Bobby Llewellyn, Amy Goersky, Matt Parent & friend


The VIP Lounge had a tribute to Hollywood & Marilyn


Mao Mao Mao Mao



DCM Art Limited display


Rebecca Koven, jewelry designer, New York City





A tribute to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.





Richard Green: art and sheer panels


At Peter Finer, London



 Brian Dolan & Matthieu Carat of Faberge, New York City

 For information on Gez von Hapsburg at The Newport Symposium, go

to www.newportseen.com/archived-news/the-newport-symposium-explores-the-masterpiece/


For information on the AIFAF, go to IFAE.com











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