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Sneak Peek: Washington Design Center's New Digs

November 13, 2013

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Protected by a magenta hard hat and fortified with a little Brie and a glass of Prosecco, it was time to check out The Design Center's (WDC) new digs.

Following the sale of its D Street, Southwest building last year, the Center found  a new home downtown in the Franklin Court building at 14th and L Streets, Northwest.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Slated to occupy the second, third and fourth floors of the building, the showroom spaces boast 11-foot ceilings and abundant natural light.

"It's very central," says Scalamandre's Janelle Alexander. "We need the change. All the designers are ready for this." The New WDC plans to open in Spring of 2014.

Scalamandre's Janelle Alexander (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Scalamandre's Janelle Alexander

Cardbord cutouts mark the designers' suites on the fourth floor. Also on the tour, the building's rooftop deck.

Prospective WDC tenants by floor:

Second: Holly Hunt, J. Lambeth & Company, Niermann Weeks, Fabricut, Inc., Kravet, Inc, Brunschwig & Fils, Romo, Inc., Century Furniture

Third: F. Schumacher, Patterson Flynn Martin, Osborne & Little, Doris Leslie Blau, Cowtan & Tout, American Eye, Brown Jordan, Michael Cleary, Galleria

Fourth: Stark, Holland & Sherry, Pindler & Pindler, Hines & Company, Edward Ferell & Lewis Mittman, The Robert Allen Group, Duralee Fabrics, ArcCom

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

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Bonhams Hosts Preview of The Rau Collection Auction at The Cosmos Club

November 10, 2013

Jean-Honoré Fragonard portrait of François-Henri duc d’Harcourt (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jean-Honoré Fragonard portrait of François-Henri duc d’Harcourt

Bonhams held a private viewing of highlights from The Rau Collection at The Cosmos Club Saturday featuring the Jean-Honoré Fragonard portrait of François-Henri duc d’Harcourt, to be offered in London on behalf of UNICEF.

Dr. Gustav Rau decreed that his art collection should be sold on behalf of UNICEF, to continue his lifetime’s work. Bonhams will be donating their services to the auction of his collection this December in London. The auction, expected to raise as much as $30-50 million, may be the most valuable charity auction of artwork ever held on behalf of a non-profit institution.

One of his critically acclaimed 'Fantasy Portraits', the ground-breaking portrait by Jean-Honoré Fragonard of the 5th Duc d’Harcourt (until recently on loan to the Getty Museum) is one of only three of the 'Fantasy Portraits' remaining in private hands. It has a confidential presale estimate of $15 million to $25 million at auction, making it perhaps the most valuable French painting from the 18th century to come for sale.

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The Portrait of François-Henri duc d'Harcourt is unusual among Fragonard's fantasy portraits because the subject is identified. Many of the other portraits are personifications of the arts rather than representations of named individuals.

"The Cosmos Club is such a great venue to show Dr. Rau's museum-quality collection including this rare Fragonard which presaged Impressionism with the painters' quick brush strokes," said Dr. Martin Gammon of Bonhams. Prior to the reception, Bonhams hosted a luncheon, an "intentional experiment, a satellite opportunity to bring together 70 area museum collectors."

Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida

Also on preview, an important portrait by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, a luminous landscape by Pissarro and courtyard scene by the Spanish master, Joaquin Sorolla, and works by Childe Hassam.

For more information, conctact Dr. Martin Gammon, Vice President of Business Development and Museum Services at Bonhams in Washington, D.C,. at 202.333.1696.

Paintings by Alfed Munnings and Dorothea Sharp (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Paintings by Alfed Munnings and Dorothea Sharp

John Martin Tracy, Haunt of the woodcock, $100,000-150,000 (Photo by: Judith Beermann) John Martin Tracy, Haunt of the woodcock, $100,000-150,000

El Anatsui Sacred secrets unfolding £40,000-£60,000 (Photo by: Judith Beermann) El Anatsui Sacred secrets unfolding £40,000-£60,000

Gari Melchers, Beate Maria, $25,000-35,000 (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Gari Melchers, Beate Maria, $25,000-35,000

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Hiepes, Tomas, oil on canvas, £400,000-£600,000 (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hiepes, Tomas, oil on canvas, £400,000-£600,000

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Marcos Galvany Produces 'Oh My Son' Limited Edition CD

November 4, 2013

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A little over three years ago, Marcos Galvany premiered "Oh My Son," his original operatic tableaux about the life of Jesus at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Each aria is inspired by stories the composer's mother shared with him as a young boy near Valencia as they watched the larger than life figures parading through their town of Crevillente before Easter.

Marcos Galvany (Photo by: Marlon Corvera ) Marcos Galvany

The world premiere was sold out, and since then, this brilliant musician has been performing "Oh My Son" to standing room only crowds in Spain, and plans a very special Vatican performance (postponed  from April due to the resignation of Pope Benedict) in Spring of 2014.

Next year, Mr. Galvany will also be performing his opera in other Spanish cities and here in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

From the Spanish premiere of (Photo by: OMS Productions) From the Spanish premiere of "Oh My Son"

Listen to an excerpt from "Oh My Son" here.

The "Oh My Son" CD will be recorded on December 4thand 5th with musicians from the DC National Opera Orchestra and the DC National Orchestra Choir.

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Produced by 11-time Grammy Award winner Rafa Sardina, an 11-time Grammy Award winner, this OMS Production CD  will be released internationally in March 2014.

This Special Limited Edition CD will include: a deluxe program insert, CD signed by the composer, and aditional tracks in Spanish. Order your CD here and NOW!

For those who would like to help ensure that OMS Productions will be able to continue live performances around the world, a 100% tax deductible donation can be made here.

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