A remarkable gift of twenty-eight fine and decorative works of art
was recently bequeathed to the Frick by Alexis Gregory (1936–2020). They will
be shown as a group for the first time at Frick Madison during the winter and
spring of 2023. The gift includes two eighteenth-century pastels, fifteen
Limoges enamels, two eighteenth-century clocks, a large gilt-bronze figure of
Louis XIV, and objects made of metal, enamel, and hardstone dating from the
sixteenth through eighteenth centuries.
Founder of The Vendome Press, a highly respected publisher of art
and architecture books, Gregory built a major art collection over the decades.
He created a veritable Kunstkammer, a chamber or cabinet of curiosities
displaying objects of diverse origins and materials and intended to impress,
instruct, and stimulate. Such rooms first appeared in sixteenth-century
European courts and are often regarded as precursors to the modern museum. The
exhibition of this generous gift presents a substantial grouping from Gregory’s
This exhibition is organized by Marie-Laure
Buku Pongo, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, and will be accompanied by a
fully illustrated catalogue.