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Preservation Foundation exhibit focuses on late decorator Polly Jessup

Posted On: 11-10-2017

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach will kick off a new annual lecture series Thursday exploring the work of Palm Beach interior designers and honoring the late Polly Jessup, one of the island’s influential if unsung grande-dame interior decorators.

Palm Beach decorator Leta Austin Foster will discuss Jessup’s work and career with a private lecture at the foundation’s building on Peruvian Avenue. The lecture coincides with an open-to-the-public exhibition offering a rare look at the timeless, classic rooms Jessup created for families such as the Fords, the DuPonts and the Kennedys. In addition to her Palm Beach studio in Phipps Plaza, Jessup worked in New York City. She died in 1988 at age 99 and is buried in West Palm Beach.

The program kicks off the five-year Polly Jessup Design Series of programs about historic and modern interiors in landmarked Palm Beach homes, said foundation Education Director Katie Jacob.

Presented by area designers, the series is underwritten by Jeanne and David Daniel. Jessup was David Daniel’s great aunt. Eerly this year, the Daniels won the foundation’s Polly Earl Award in recognition of a historically sensitive renovation of their landmarked bungalow on Seaspray Avenue.

“We loved Polly, were close to her and just felt it was right to shine a light on her work and the work of many other exceptional interior designers and decorators who have been at work here in Palm Beach,” David Daniel said, “and to use her work as a way to support the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach.”

Foster, in fact, counts Jessup among the designers who influenced her own design sensibilities in a career that has spanned 40 years in Palm Beach. During her program, Foster also will discuss the interiors she recently created for a house in the Regents Park Historic District, immediately south of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. Her design studio and boutique are in the Via Mizner.

The exhibit features images on loan from The Society’s of the Four Arts’ Polly Jessup Collection. It opens to the public Monday and will run through December 22 at the foundation, 311 Peruvian Ave. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.




Source: Darrell Hofheinz, November 10, 2017, Palm Beach Daily News

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