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Monday, January 8, 2018

Have done business with Jobs, Gates, Bezos. Someone just asked me who was smarter.

All three were management geniuses.  They were smart sure.  But what they did well is pounce and wouldn't let go when an opportunity was in their jaws.

Bezos knew right from the beginning that low-cost producer wins and never lost sight of that.  He and Sam Walton both understood that and each made 100 Billion.  It still is the golden rule of business.

Jobs loved drawing on glass and finally achieved it after 20 years of trying.  Finally, the technology caught up with his vision.  And yes, he was driven by an ice hot hatred of Gates who took the idea of a mouse from him after Jobs took it from Xerox labs.  Jobs pounced on the mouse but Gates saw the opportunity better and pounced better taking the mouse from Jobs jaws.  Jobs never forgave Gates for doing that but he REALLY should never have forgiven himself.   He made the mistake by crowing about it in front of Gates. 

Truly the ONLY reason that Gates made it was when he was in a room with Thomas Watson and other IBM executives and convinced them that REAL men built hardware and sissies wrote software.  He made a deal to write all the software and let IBM make and run the hardware. One of the people that was in that room on that ONE day told me this story.   Is that genius?  No, Gates just saw the future better and snookered IBM.  It definitely is NOT genius. 

So it's not being smart as much as it is having a clear mind when the time to pounce presents itself.  If are thinking about pussy, or are drunk or are on drugs or are a 16 hours a day workaholic, you will miss the chance when it presents itself.   You have to be able to step back and then crush at the right moment.

There is VERY little room for individual  "instinct" anymore.  But whatever is left can only be had with a clear head and minimal distractions. 

That is why the phones today are ruining creativity.  They are stealing the sparks of very occasional genius because phones are consuming us.  They are terrible for mankind.  So is Facebook.  

Pouncing is huge in life.  If you are distracted, it is much more likely that your aim will be flawed when the prey presents itself. 

Do NOT do business with Mossgreen Auction House in Australia. Here is why:

1. You and your employees who have "only been doing their job" have allowed me to suffer from 10 unprofessional acts.  If it were not for YOU allowing someone in your company to steal my email address, I would not have had to spend over 20 hours trying to figure out how sloppy you were with internet security when the thief tried to get me to send funds to their account instead of yours. 

2. Would you have refunded the money stolen from me if I had not been bright and experienced enough to sense something wrong? 

3. Did you refund money to others that were not as bright as I?

4. And when I reported this to you, you demanded to see my emails rather than apologize.  

5. You then continued with an aggressive posture in many following emails without ever apologizing for your incompetence. 

6. Then you gave the book to a grossly incompetent shipper who took over six weeks to finally ship the book. 

7. Then you misrepresented the Gould synopsis saying the color was superior when it was not. 

8. Then I had to have an employee spend a day photographing proof of your poor cataloging skills.

9. Then you didn't apologize for this.

10. Then you didnt offer to refund the cost of shipping this book to me. 

11. Then you allowed one of your employees to dun me without telling her that we worked something out with me returning the book to you.

This proof of your gross negligence is being posted NOW on my blog with the title "dont ever do business with Mossgreen Auction House in Australia.   I will not take it down without compensation for the pain and suffering you have caused me.


My comment to a WSJ story about Apple's damaging our precious young with their machines

25 years ago Steve Jobs personally told me he planned to take over the minds of children with his computers and phones.  He knew exactly what he was doing.  He is a monster and his glorification over the last 20 years is disgusting. 

This horrible man has stolen the lives and hearts of our precious young. 

Shame on all of us to have been so stupid to have let this happen.

He is the embodiment of the wicked Pied Piper stealing the minds of our precious young who now follow after him mindlessly.   It is a horror for humanity.

Finally, someone has the courage to speak up and fight against this curse of our civilization that has neutered our children.   Go to any high school or college campus in the world today and try to see just one animated conversation.   

I have the largest inventory of COMPLETE color plate books for sale in the world with a market value over $1 billion.   The books that I took works of art from were incomplete and that is exactly why Steve Jobs came to me - to buy the Redoute aquatints of Roses to compare to the ones he was growing at his home in Palo Alto.

No one on in all of history has protected complete color plate books better than I.   My gifts to American Universities totals over 300m.  

Beyond that, I have created a new syllabus to teach the understanding of the natural world that is taught in over 10 Universities today.  My dream is to show natural history and cartographic art to our precious young at American Universities and High Schools.  My hope is that it will divert their attention away from their phones and inspire them to learn about the natural world with works of art created from 1561 to the end of World War II.

Professors working with me are now using this artwork to instruct and inspire.  1000 graded papers are being generated today as a result of these brilliant teachers.  They have devoted their lives to our great University System in the United States - far, far better than the rest of the world combined!  They are my heroes.  

This is my effort to counter the damage that Steve Jobs has done to our children.

Steve Jobs had a towering intellect and used it to create devices that enslaved those not nearly as gifted.   NO I dont believe in personal responsibility for choices when you are up against a monster that found a way to steal our children from us. 

History is filled with the brutal enslavement of populations who didn't have defenses - the Chinese to Opium in the 19th century, Native American to alcohol also in the 19th century, Blacks to heroin in the 20th century.     They were slaughtered and brutally taken advantage of as surely as Hitler committed his horrible crimes.

Steve spent half his time telling me this and the other half telling me how much he hated Bill Gates.   500 years from now history will see what he has done to our precious young much more clearly.

Thank God resistance is starting now from powerful institutions.  It demonstrates the genius of the current Apple strategy that it has taken so long.   They know EXACTLY what their devices do.  Shame on them.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

An excellent story about my art gallery in NYC at 1016 Madison Avenue!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The 1903 Mansion at No. 1016 Madison Avenue

No. 1016 Madison Avenue was the centerpiece of the three mansions -- photo by Alice Lum
At the turn of the last century Madison Avenue rivaled Fifth Avenue as the prestigious residential address.  Millionaires like Stuyvesant Fish, Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo and Henry Marquand erected massive stone mansions on Madison Avenue, establishing the thoroughfare as a highly enviable address.

In 1902 speculative developer Jeremiah C. Lyons began work on three harmonious residences at Nos. 1014 to 1018 Madison Avenue, adjoining the Fish mansion.  The architectural firm of York & Sawyer designed the houses to appear as a single, grand French palace.    The five-story Beaux Arts style residences were completed a year later, creating an elegant and imposing presence on the block.  No. 1016, the central mansion, was perhaps the most eye-catching, with its expansive centered windows rising three stories.

Despite the exclusive location and the quality of the mansions, Lyons had difficulty selling Nos. 1018 and 1016; and the advent of the Financial Panic of 1907 did not help. On February 8, 1910, seven years after the homes were completed, The Sun reported that the two properties were to be sold in foreclosure.   The auction took place the following month and on March 20, 1910 the sale of the two handsome structures was announced in the New-York Tribune. 

The New-York Tribune pictured the houses on March 20, 1910 (copyright expired)
No. 1016 was purchased by Philadelphia art collector and explorer Thomas Cardeza.   It would seem that Cardeza purchased the property as an investment, for he never lived in the house; choosing instead to lease it.

The 34-year old son of wealthy heiress Charlotte Drake Cardeza apparently preferred the gentleman’s lifestyle to being grounded to a regular job.  In March of 1912 he was staying in a hunting lodge in Hungary when he headed back to the United States to receive medical treatment.  He met his mother in Cherbourg, France and on Wednesday, April 10 they boarded the new ocean steamer, the R. M. S. Titanic.

Mrs. Cardeza and her son shared one of the two deluxe B-deck parlor suites—reportedly finer accommodations than John Jacob Astor and his new wife enjoyed.  The sitting room was outfitted with a marble fireplace and there was a 50-foot private promenade deck with potted plants and Tudor woodwork.  (The other deluxe parlor suite was taken by J. Bruce Ismay.)

Mrs. Cardeza needed the expansive suite, for she boarded the liner with fourteen trunks, three packing crates and four suitcases.  Reportedly Thomas Cardeza spent much of the voyage playing poker.  Along for the voyage were Cardeza’s manservant, Gustave Lesueur, and Charlotte Cardeza’s maid, Annie Moore Ward.

Thomas Cardeza and his stylish mother pose on deck -- http://alhambralibrary.blogspot.com/2012/03/library-commemorates-100th-anniversary.html
Four days after boarding, on April 14, the Titanic famously struck an iceberg.  All four of the Cardeza party managed to board Lifeboat No. 3 and survived the disaster. 

Within the year Cardeza sold the house at No. 1016 Madison Avenue to Henry Ingersoll Riker.  The 41-year old New York City native had received his law degree from Harvard and was admitted to the bar in 1894.  But three years later he left the legal profession to join the banking firm of Redmond, Kerr & Company.  After serving in the Spanish-American War as a member of Troop A, New York Cavalry and then in Puerto Rico, he married his cousin May Riker, in 1903.

photo by Alice Lum
By then he was the head of his own brokerage firm at No. 74 Pine Street.   Henry and Mary moved in to No. 1016 with their three children, John Lawrence, age 9; and twins Henry and Mary, age 5.

The Rikers would remain in the house until 1926 when it was sold to Francis H. Lenygon.   The English-born Lenygon was a world-renowned authority on period interiors and furniture.   He had arrived in New York in 1910 to decorate the mansion of Whitelaw Reid.  One commission followed another and he finally established a branch of his London firm Lenygon & Morant, Inc. in New York.

After purchasing No. 1016, Lenygon moved his business from No. 16 East 60th Street.  He lived in the upper floors without actually converting the house to a dual-purpose structure.  Lenygon & Morant was responsible for the interior decoration of the homes of Harry F. Guggenheim, Colonel M. R. Guggenheim, Percy R. Pyne, Guy Fairfax Cary and other millionaires. 

photo by Alice Lum
More importantly, Francis Lenygon lectured on fine arts at New York University, and on period furniture and interior decoration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He wrote three important books used by instructors and designers:  “Decoration and Furniture of English Mansions,” “Furniture in England,” and “Decoration in England.”

When John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller became involved in the rescue and restoration of Williamsburg, Virginia they searched for a leading expert in English 17th and 18th century interiors.  They chose Francis Lenygon. 

Lenygon served as consultant on the restoration and traveled to England to choose the furnishings for the Governor’s palace.

The same year that Lenygon purchased No. 1016 Madison, he married Jeannette Becker.   The couple lived together in the house for nearly two decades.  Then, in 1943, the 66-year old Lenygon’s health failed and he died in the house on Saturday evening, June 12.

The mansion became home to the Perls Galleries in 1954.  Run by Klaus G. Perls and his wife Amelia (better known as Dolly), the gallery originally sold works by European artists like Utrillo, Maurice de Vlaminck and Raoul Dufy.  The Perls branched into modern American art and the same year that they moved into No. 1016 they began representing Alexander Calder.

During the 1960s and ‘70s Calder boarded in the house and the artist designed the stone walkway that serves as the sidewalk in front of the three York & Sawyer mansions.

By the 1990s the aging couple began donating important collections to museums.   In 1991 they gave 153 pieces of African royal art to the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art—carved ivory tusks, musical instruments, bronze figures, jewelry and decorative masks among them.  Four years later they gave the Metropolitan Museum thirteen important works—the largest donation ever received to date by its department of 20th century art—including works by Pascin, Picasso, Braque, Modigliani, Leger and Soutine.

The Perl Galleries remained in the Madison Avenue mansion for forty-three years, closing its doors in 1997.  The Arader Gallery moved into the house shortly afterward, continuing the tradition of upscale art.  The house has still not been structurally divided.  The remarkable mansion was put on the market a few years ago for a jaw-dropping $75 million.

photo by Alice Lum

Thanks to reader R. Steuber for requesting this post