Upcoming Exhibition

The Gregory Gift
February 16, 2023 to May 14, 2023
gilt bronze rhinoceros on stand with clock on top of its back

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 eclectic assemblage.

This exhibition is organized by Marie-Laure Buku Pongo, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

James Cox, Musical Automaton Rhinoceros Clock, ca. 1765-72. Gilt bronze, glass, enamel, diamonds, rubies, and emeralds or multi-colored crystals, pearls; pedestal: white marble and hardstone, 16 1/4 x 8 x 3 1/2 in. (41.3 x 20.3 x 8.9 cm).  The Frick Collection, Gift of Alexis Gregory, 2021. Photo: Joseph Coscia Jr.

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