A Palm Beach fairytale of New York

SINCE he launched his Palm Beach Art, Antique & Jewelry Show just over a decade ago Scott Diament, the dynamic head of the Palm Beach Show Group, has been a man on a mission and this month he fulfils at least one of his dreams with his first show in New York.

After galvanising the Palm Beach scene, where he now rules the roost, Scott has launched 10 events in seven cities and the Palm Beach Show Group is the top coast to coast art fair promoter in the US.

But naturally he wanted New York, and now until September 21 he presents his inaugural New York Art, Antique & Jewelry show at the city’s top venue, the Park Avenue Armory.

It hosts some 70 exhibitors, mainly American but with a strong UK contingent including Butchoff Antiques, Chris Beetles, Didier, Susan Ollemans and Waterhouse & Dodd.

Butchoff of Kensington Church Street has a hectic month, two days after New York he opens at the LAPADA fair in London’s Mayfair. Among the splendid furniture Ian Butchoff took to New York is the rare Regency mahogany bookcase by Gorge Oakley we illustrate.

Among the American exhibitors are Lillian Nassau, Silver Fund and the popular New York specialist in dog paintings William Secord.

Palm Beach goes from strength to strength, a few months ago Diament finally lured top London art dealer Richard Green to join him after decades with the rival David Lester fair. In April he launched in Chicago so after New York where next?

Nothing is imminent but the promoter told me he was looking at San Francisco and Boston. But would he look further afield?

Scott confided: “I would be interested in London, London is on the horizon but if I do not get the right place I will not do it. I am about the long run, not buying and selling events, I create a marketplace.” – See more at: http://www.masterart.com/PortalDefault.aspx?tabid=149&PostId=22484&categoryId=1501#sthash.BHqPTAeA.dpuf

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