Eli Wilner

As the owner of Eli Wilner and Company, this “Frame Sommelier” is one of the world most skilled framer. He is recognized as the foremost American authority of period framing, specializing in the 17th through 20th centuries. He has hand-crafted masterpieces for some of the most prestigious art institutions in the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian, Christie’s and Sotheby’s Auction House, and even The White House.

His work also includes a hand-carved and gilded recreation of the lost frame for original work, Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emmanuel Leutze. It will be the focal point of the renovated American Wing at The Met, expect to open in 2012.

With his unrivaled framing talent, Eli Wilner proves that often the frame is just as important, if not more so, than the painting itself.

Where were you born ?
Tel-Aviv, Israel
How long in New york:
34 years
Upper East Side
Art dealer specializing in Antique frames
Favorite Restaurant:
The Mark Restaurant by Jean Georges
Best Ethnic Food:
Katz's Deli
Best Italian:
Il Mulino
Best place for late night dining:
La Esquina
Best dessert:
Payard Patisserie
Best place for a romantic date:
My Montauk home with my wife watching the sun set over the ocean
Best Sunday brunch:
Bagels and New York Times
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Kiss and Fly
Best place for a power business meeting:
Jean Georges
All-around favorite spot in New york:
Chartering a boat and sailing around the Statue of Liberty
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Waldorf Towers
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Michael Reslan Atelier
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Tiffany & Co.
Best Spa:
Four Seasons
Favorite Charity Event:
New York Academy of Art’s “Take Home a Nude”
Favorite Cultural Event:
Sotheby’s Impressionist opening party
Favorite Cultural Institution:
New York City Opera
Best Aspect of New york:
The people
Best Steakhouse:
Peter Luger Steakhouse
Best Pizza:
Ray’s Famous Pizza
Best Lunch:
The Mark Restaurant by Jean Georges
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Best Massage:
Four Seasons Punta Mita
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
My personal Escalade
Best Museum/Exhibit:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art American Wing
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Jerusalem or The Cloisters
Best Sushi:
Sushi Seki
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