Members and guests of the FWA enjoyed an exclusive cocktail reception and a one-of-a kind Gilded Age experience at the esteemed Macklowe Gallery, located at 667 Madison Avenue.
Founded over forty years ago with $300 by Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe, Macklowe Gallery is the longest continually operating business on Madison Avenue and is the world’s most respected dealer of Antique and Estate Jewelry, French Art Nouveau decorative arts and the entire oeuvre of Louis Comfort Tiffany.
For the FWA, the Gallery opened its acclaimed jewelry vault, allowing us to wear a dream jewel for the evening for a fully immersive experience. Their expert jewelry specialists were friendly and accommodating as they helped us select from estate jewelry and rare antique treasures – FWA Executive Committee Co-Chair Stacy Lauren Musi wore a stunning diamond necklace that was truly red carpet worthy!
Perhaps even more memorable was when we went downstairs to the salon, which was filled with breathtaking French Art Nouveau furniture and decorative pieces – and of course, their exquisite collection of Tiffany lamps.
We enjoyed an entertaining lecture from the charming Ben Macklowe, the son of the Gallery’s founders and its President since 2012. A sought-after expert, Ben has appeared on television to discuss Tiffany lamps with Martha Stewart, has lectured on Louis Comfort Tiffany at museums, and has taught about Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewelry at Christie’s auction house and other venues.
A delightful host, Ben shared the history of Louis Comfort Tiffany – and shared his passion for art and its history. Ben provided interesting insights and colorful stories — we were all happily surprised to learn that women designed and chose the glass for the Tiffany lamps!
Stacy Lauren Musi, Raleigh Mayer, Maura Regan and the entire FWA Executive Leaders Committee want to thank Ben and his team for an informative curated experience, an opportunity to wear priceless gems and to step back in time. It was certainly a very memorable and special evening!