Calling All Sloan Rangers

Monday, October 24, 2016

Is a $170,000 a bargain? Of course, that depends on what’s being sold. For an antique piece of diamond jewelry it most certainly is. At least according to a trained eye and antique jewelry collectors.

What does one wear to the antique show? “Well, I’m a Versace girl, but my daughter, she’s more of a Gucci girl,” a blazered guest says. Milan Fashion Week’s spring/summer 2017 lines have already arrived on the backs of New York’s luckiest stylish ladies, some the world’s most stylish antique collectors. Forget their closets though, this scene was all about dressing their living rooms, their walls or their bodices.

On Friday night, October 21, TEFAF, Europe’s most prestigious art show, made its New York debut. The event was generously sponsored by Elle Decor and Fendi. The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering brought the event to New York, attracting its most notable leaders in art, design, fashion and philanthropy.

“We are thrilled to have hosted the unveiling of such an exciting new show in New York,” said Lavinia Branca Snyder, The Society’s president . “The Opening Night brought together the best from the worlds of art and philanthropy in support of the invaluable programs and initiatives at MSK.”

TEFAF is known for attracting the most unique and talented exhibitors. Otto Jakob is a jewelry designer based in Germany who is entirely self-taught and is known for his one-of-a-kind designs and extreme precision. The other thing that is interesting about Otto is the tools he uses. “Most are tools you would find in a dentist’s office,” his daughter-in-law Olesya Jakob says. “Most of techniques he’s using have been around for 1,000 or 2000 years.”

While the artists come from all over the world, some of them are found in very own backyard . If you are in the mood for some European porcelain art, Michelle Beiny, located on the Upper East Side, the family owned gallery has been around since 1957. “We are strictly focused on European ceramics,” says Quillian Rosen, the gallery manager of Michelle Beiny . “You can’t really focus on other ceramics, and fully do one justice. Each one is its own unique art form.”

Joining the high-profile crowd in support of The Society was the evening’s design committee chair, Michael Boodro, editor-in-chief of Elle Decor. The Opening Night attracted more than 2,000 guests from the fashion, art, philanthropic and design worlds for an exclusive private preview before the fair opened to the public on Saturday, October 22. The Opening Night of TEFAF’s inaugural New York event raised funds to benefit MSK’s patient care, research and education programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Notable attendees to the event included Caryn Zucker, Ronald Lauder, Daisy Soros, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Irene Roosevelt Aitken, Emily T. Frick, Peter and Jamee Gregory, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Veronica Swanson Beard, Claiborne Swanson Frank, Cynthia Frank, Roman and Helena Martinez, Carlos SousaGaetano Sciuto, Travis Acquavella, Antoinette Guerrini Maraldi, Andrew and Denise Saul, Melinda Blinken, Michael and Shelley Carr, Judy Gordon Cox, Jordan and Marcie Pantzer, Craig Thompson, MD and Tullia Lindsten, MD, PhD,  Timothy Haynes, Juan Pablo and Pilar Molyneux, Alex Papachristidis and Rachel Hovnanian.

Visit TEFAF’s website at


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by Debbie BancroftPhotographed by Griffin Lipson and Hunter Abrams/