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Stars of VIP 2012 are Trust Governors Mary Jane Pool and Peter Kenny both from New York City.

Trust members who attended this year’s VIP Antiques Weekend in New York were participants in the most wonderful two days of excellence. For most the first event of the weekend is the early entrance to the stellar Winter Antiques Show and as usual it was filled with the most scrumptious objects from our beloved “brown furniture” to exquisite painting, textiles, photographs, ceramics, metal work, sculpture, etc. A total treat for the eyes and the mind. A delicious luncheon was followed by a description of the historic and renowned Tiffany/Stanford White room in which we sat by show Executive Director Catherine Sweeney Singer. Sarah Donnem, Trust member and flawless organizer of this tour and luncheon, greeted everyone and always graciously welcomes us.

Later that afternoon Trust members gathered in the Uris Center at the Metropolitan Museum to hear the Met curator, Peter Kenny, speak on Duncan Phyfe. Peter Kenny was curator of the Phyfe exhibit along with Michael Brown of Bayou Bend Collection in Houston, Texas. The exhibit, Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York, is the first retrospective on Phyfe in 90 years. Peter’s lecture and the exhibit gave a full chronological sweep of Phyfe’s long and distinguished career and includes examples of his best known furniture from the period 1805–20, which was influenced heavily by early English Regency design; his more opulent, monumental, and archaeologically correct Grecian style of the late 1810s and 1820s, sometimes referred to as American Empire; and his sleek, minimalist late work of the 1830s and 1840s known as the Grecian Plain style, based largely on French Restoration furniture design.

Our group, (L. to R.) Richard Hughes, Alexandra Lammers, Kenneth Walker, Nardi Hobler and Madelyn Kroengold pose in miniature dealer Elle Shushan’s picture frame, designed by Ralph Harvard and inspired by a painting by Johann Zoffany, which is reproduced above the fireplace.

On Saturday afternoon a final treat awaited Trust members—a glass of wine with world famous Olympic skater and commentator, Dick Button. Everyone is familiar with his skating career but few know of his collection. As a tiny bit of snow began to cover the ground outside, Trust members were taken back in time—early 19th-century New York surrounded us. Furnishings, paintings, fires in the many fireplaces and a very kind host who was happy to talk about any piece Trust members pointed out. It was the most satisfying and congenial visit the Trust has ever had. Everything, all weekend, was blue ribbon!

Trust members are captivated by the Joe Kindig booth at the show.

Dick Button, surrounded by admiring Trust members, welcomes everyone to his beautiful home on Park Avenue.

Madelyn Korengold admires a Nakashima table.

Trust member Kenneth Walker enjoys a look at some 20th century objects.

Trust members make their way down the aisles of the Winter Antiques Show in New York before the public entrance time and while some dealers are rearranging their displays. Member Nardi Hobler takes a good look at some silver (her favorite!) in the Jonathan Trace booth.

A 19th century Parchese board becomes art in the booth of Frank and Barbara Pollack

An artful arrangement in the Joe Kindig booth

Sarah Donnem, Trust member and dedicated East Side House Settlement volunteer arranges our early tours and lunches and raises a tidy sum for the young people of Settlement. Bravo Sarah!