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Frick’s Collection Steps Up to the Plate

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Christine A. Butler and Samantha Nandez/BFA.com
Friday, June 9, 2017
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Adorned in floral gowns and ties, nearly 800 guests attended The Frick Collection’s annual Spring Garden Party for Fellows on June 7. They dressed for the theme The Triumph of Flora, which was chosen for the Frick’s collection Fired by Passion: Masterpieces of Du Paquier Porcelain from the Sullivan Collection.


This exhibition was inspired by the generous donation from Paul Sullivan and Trustee Melinda Martin Sullivan in 2016. They gifted the Frick’s Collection with 14 pieces of Du Paquier porcelain. Now, the whole collection contains 40 tureens, drinking vessels, platters and dishes, all created at the Du Paquier manufactory between 1720 and 1740. The influence of this Viennese manufactory is evident on the pieces by the coat of arms and heraldic symbols from areas all across Europe.


Leading this annual event were Director Ian Wardropper, Ayesha Bulchandani, Barbara and Brad Evans, Betty and Jean-Marie Eveillard, Caitlyn Frank, Emily T. Frick, Sidney R. Knafel and Londa Weisman, Elizabeth Kurpis, Monika McLennan, Bryan and Megan Ramm, Marianna and Juan Sabater, Melinda and Paul Sullivan, and Brahm Wachter. Galen Lee, The Frick’s horticulturist, decorated the Fifth Avenue Garden and Garden Court with gorgeous floral arrangements and accented the entire court with a variety of flowers for those in attendance. 


Among the guests were Stephan and Christine Schwarzman, Amory McAndrew, Henry Arhold, Paul Arnhold and Wes Gordon, Catherine A. Corman, Barbar E. Dau, Lucy Jane Lang and Scott Asher, Alexandra Porter, Laura Day Webb, Mr. and Mrs. David M. Tobey and Barbara Tober. The guests gathered in Fifth Avenue Garden. The Garden Party is the only night of the year the space is open. Guests admired the orchid-adorned beds, urns filled with Korean dogward and floral arrangements of roses and veronica. Afterward they migrated inside to dance the night away to music by Dr. UNOs & Dubs, or to venture up to the second floor of the Frick mansion which is rarely ever seen.




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