Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show 2009 lecture series line-up

The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, the largest show of its kind in the nation, is pleased to announce the 2009 lecture series programming at the 6th annual event, which takes place Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 14-17, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Art, jewelry and antique aficionados will have the opportunity to view and purchase from the extensive collections of over 200 international exhibitors and attend lectures presented by an all-star line-up of knowledgeable and respected speakers on a variety of topics such as: “Tiffany Style: 170 Years of Design” by John Loring, Design Director of Tiffany & Co. and “The Art & Passion of the Italian Renaissance” with Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti, President of Amici degli Uffizi and Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, USA.

“It has always been our goal to provide an environment that fosters the understanding and appreciation of antiques in addition to offering an enormous selection of high-quality items,” said Kris Charamonde co-owner and show manager.  “We believe the lecture series enhances the total show experience and is well received by our guests each year.”

The lecture series is free and open to the public.   Individual lectures take place twice daily at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm and run Saturday, February 14 through Tuesday, February 17.  

2009 Lecture Series Schedule


1:00 pm, “Tiffany Glass and the Quest of Beauty” with Arlie Sulka, Owner and Managing Director Lillian Nassau LLC
For many years Louis C. Tiffany’s favrile glass has been recognized as being both beautiful and historically significant.  Lillian Nassau, the gallery’s founder has been credited with reviving interest in the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) and Tiffany Studios. Arlie Sulka will discuss the evolution of Favrile glass and the many different types of blown glass produced at the Corona factory from the early 1890’s and continuing for over three decades.

Arlie Sulka, a well known specialist and dealer in late 19th and early 20th century decorative arts and has been a devotee of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Tiffany Studios, particularly his blown glass, lamps, windows and ceramics.  With over 30 years of experience, Ms. Sulka lectures around the country, has published articles and works as an appraiser for private clients and numerous museums in North America and in Europe. She has been a part-time lecturer in the New York University Continuing Education Appraisal Studies Program.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the prestigious National Antiques and Art Dealers Association of America, Inc. (NAADAA).  For eleven seasons, she has appeared as an appraiser on the popular PBS program Antiques Roadshow.

3:00 pm, “Tiffany Style: 170 Years of Design” with John Loring, Design Director of Tiffany & Co.

Since its inception 170 years ago, Tiffany & Co. has become synonymous with elegant, stylish design, creating the world’s most dazzling jewelry and decorative objects.   In “Tiffany Style: 170 Years of Design,” John Loring will discuss the most memorable pieces ever produced by the company — a spectacular array of objects, from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s jewelry to opulent table furnishings from Andy Warhol’s whimsical Christmas illustrations to Elsa Peretti’s Paloma Picasso’s contemporary designs. 

An accomplished designer, artist and author, John Loring has written 21 books on Tiffany & Co. history and entertaining; he also travels around the world as a Tiffany spokesperson.  Prior to joining Tiffany in 1979, Mr. Loring was the New York Bureau Chief of Architectural Digest and he served as a professor of art at the graduate school of the University of California. Mr. Loring earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Yale University in 1960. After graduating, he continued his studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. His prints and paintings have been widely exhibited in Europe and the United States.  Mr. Loring’s interests in cooking and interior design have been recognized in major publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Bon Appetit, GQ, House Beautiful, The New Yorker, and French Vogue.


1:00 pm, “The Greatest Art Collectors of All Time” with Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti, President of Amici degli Uffizi, Italy and Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, USA

The Medici were a unique family of great art collectors. In less than three centuries they accumulated an unparalleled quantity and variety of objects of art, ranging from Greek and Roman marbles to paintings of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Tiziano, from Flemish and French art to miniatures, tapestries, porcelains, jewels. Art collecting as exemplified and promoted by the Medici had long-range indelible effects on future conceptions about collecting and displaying art.

An influential patroness of the arts in Italy, president and founding member of the Amici degli Uffizi in Florence and of Friends of the Uffizi Gallery in Palm Beach, Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti carried out her university studies in literature and philosophy at Naples University and presently is the regional president of FAI, a national non-profit organization which aims at protecting and restoring artistic sites and natural environment, board member of one of Italy’s most prestigious schools of music, and a member of committees for the allocation of funds to cultural projects.  In recognition of her work, she has won many honorary awards including the title of Accademico D’Onore from the Fine Arts Academy of Florence, the Salomone D’Oro prize from the University of Florence, and the Nelli Award for the Patroness of the Italian Arts from the Florence Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.

3:00 pm, “The Most Beautiful & Important Images of Florida: 1564-1838” with W. Graham Arader, Owner of Arader Galleries

What makes something timeless, enduring, attractive and memorable?  The iconic masterpieces of Jacques Le Moyne, Mark Catesby, John Abbot and John James Audubon will be illustrated and explored as Mr. Arader takes you back in time to the world in which these artists lived, breathed and created.

W. Graham Arader III is the sole proprietor of Arader Galleries, a firm comprised of galleries in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Denver, and King of Prussia. Mr. Arader is a graduate of Yale University and specializes in 16th–19th century, natural history works, maps, rare books, atlases and American paintings since 1971.  Profiles of W. Graham Arader III and his business have appeared in several distinguished publications including the Smithsonian Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker. He is considered the world authority in his area of expertise.


1:00 pm, “Collecting Rarities in Silver: Every Treasure Tells a Story” with Spencer Gordon of Spencer Marks Ltd.

With experience spanning three decades of silver collecting, Spencer Gordon of Spencer Marks, Ltd. will discuss what makes items rare and special and how collecting and connoisseurship have evolved influencing the market. Discussion will include utilitarian objects as well as museum acquisitions.

Spencer Gordon & Mark McHugh have been in business together as Spencer Marks since 1986 selling fine antique silver to clients including many museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; Winterthur Museum; and The Baltimore Museum of Art; several historical societies and many important private collectors all over the world. The editor of Silver Magazine has said they are "…some of the most knowledgeable (people) in the field of silver" and others agree.  They have been quoted as experts in publications as diverse as Maine Antique Digest, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Antiques and the Arts Weekly, Town & Country and American Express’s Departures Magazine. Both Mark and Spencer focus on research and unlocking the story behind an object.
3:00 pm, “John L. Volk: A Remarkable Life” with Jane Day, President of Research Atlantica, Inc.

Anyone who lives and works in Palm Beach County is at least vaguely familiar with the career of master architect, John L. Volk. The breadth of Volk’s architectural contribution is extraordinary in itself, but beyond the architectural facades, is the life of a remarkable man.

Jane S. Day is the President of Research Atlantica, Inc., a historical consulting firm that specializes in the management and preservation of historical resources.   Since 1992, Ms. Day has served as the Preservation Consultant to the town of Palm Beach where she has written and presented seventy-eight reports resulting in local designation and protection.  She has also successfully listed eight Florida sites on the National Register of Historic Places and was named one of the “Palm Beach Elite: 100 People Who Get Things Done” by the Palm Beach Daily News in 2006. 


1:00 pm, “American Art: What’s Hot, What’s Not” with Debra Force, Owner of Debra Force Fine Art Inc.

Collectors and their tastes dictate today’s market trends.  What’s hot in today’s market may be passé in less than a decade.  With over thirty year’s experience, Ms. Force will shed light on the American art market, including the various types of collectors, their motivations and the criteria used when determining the value of a painting, as well as future trends.

Debra J. Force is a specialist in American paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture of the 18th – 20th centuries and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts degree in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.  In 1999, Ms. Force formed Debra Force Fine Art, Inc., which offers American art and provides appraisal and consulting services related to American art. She has been frequently called upon for research and valuations by museums, the Justice Department, the Barnes Foundation and major collectors. Prior to forming her own company, Ms. Force served as Senior Vice President and Head of the American Paintings Department at Christie’s in New York, Director of American Art at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc. in New York and Director of Beacon Hill Fine Art in New York.  Debra is also a specialist on PBS’ program Antiques Roadshow.

3:00 pm, “Full Circle: Recurring Themes & Influences in 200 Years of Jewelry Design” with Simon Teakle, Director of Estate Jewelry for Betteridge Jewelers

It is well know that there is nothing original, only new ideas.  Artistic imagination is drawn from ancient cultures, fantasy and current trends of fashion whether in haute couture, painting or music.  Jewelry design is no different and with the enormous scope of style in personal adornment, the wealth of inspiration for jewelers over the years has been vast. Simon Teakle will bring this fascinating world of precious objects and their interpretation of historical design to a conclusive  "full circle" in his lecture.

Simon Teakle is the director of Estate Jewelry for Betteridge Jewelers in Greenwich, Connecticut.  An internationally recognized figure in the jewelry industry, he was formerly the head of Christie’s jewelry department in the United States.  Mr. Teakle worked for Christie’s for 20 years starting as a jewelry specialist in London before joining the firm’s jewelry operations in the United States.  Now at Betteridge Jewelers, Mr. Teakle’s focus is on acquiring individual objects and collections as well as helping clients find exceptional gemstones to be set in original pieces handmade by the store’s jewelers.