Catch the last few days of Masterpiece London, the summer’s leading international cross-collecting fair for art, antiques and design, which runs till Wednesday 1st July.
The fair situated at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and is supported by Principal Sponsor, the Royal Bank of Canada. Last year, the art market generated over half a billion pounds worth of art sales during the week of Masterpiece, and the Fair is delighted to support and promote this culturally significant time for London and the United Kingdom.
[Picasso ‘Toros en Vallauris 1960′. Frederick Mulder Ltd]
Visitors can look forward to what they have come to expect from Masterpiece London – a fair which offers for sale museum-quality works with superb provenance from over 150 galleries from St James’, Mayfair and worldwide and provides an unparalleled opportunity to buy or admire the best pieces available across every discipline in the art market.
[Jeroen Verhoeven, Lectori Salutem, 2010, Image courtesy of the artist and BlainSouthern]
Showcasing works that span over 4,000 years of art history, from antiquity to the present day, the Fair is a unique event that provides something of interest for every visitor. Drawing collectors and museum curators from around the world, Masterpiece has established itself as an important annual meeting place.
The success of the Fair can, in part, be attributed to the groundswell of interest and purchases from world-renowned institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Rijksmuseum, MoMA, British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, The Getty and Tate, to name a few.
[Claude Monet, Etude de ciel; verso Le Havre, la Jetee, paste; on paper, 38.1×43.8cm, c.1868. Richard Green]
In addition, this year the Fair welcomes the Wallace Collection, the National Portrait Gallery, The Courtauld Institute of Art and Sir John Soane’s Museum as its official Cultural Partners. Nazy Vassegh, Chief Executive of Masterpiece said, “The 8 days when Masterpiece takes place is the epicentre of the art season in London. After just five years Masterpiece is now firmly regarded as both a leading international art fair and a welcome addition to the summer season in London. We are particularly delighted by the exhibitors and partners that will join us for the 2015 edition.”
[Extrusions. Heatherwick Studio]
Exhibitors are increasingly choosing Masterpiece as the event from which to showcase innovative new designs, specially commissioned contemporary works, masterpieces, new discoveries and works of immaculate provenance. 2015 is no different – New York based jewellery dealer Siegelson (USA) offer for sale an exquisite pair of earrings containing pearls which belonged to the last Empress of France, Eugenie de Montijo. A portrait of the Empress hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in which she can be seen wearing these pearls.
[Andy Warhol, The Socialite, 1986-1987, 40 x 40 inches. Long-Sharp Gallery.]
Long-Sharp Gallery (USA) displays a rare and never before seen work by Andy Warhol, entitled ‘The Socialite’ of the attorney Olga Berde Mahl. This work was used by Warhol to purchase his Watts Street studio, which he worked in until his death.
Masterpiece London has been referred to as “an international art fair with a British accent”. This year there is an exceptional array of important British works offered for sale – Richard Green (UK) will offer a superb collection of 13 works by Laurence Stephen Lowry.
In addition, Offer Waterman & Co (UK) will offer works by Barbara Hepworth, timed to coincide with the opening of the solo show at Tate Britain, alongside a monumental feminine form by William Turnbull, which will be presented in one of the public spaces within the Fair.
[Henry Moore, Helmet, 1950. lead, unique. Signed on the base. Offered by Osborne Samuel ]
Thomas Gibson Fine Art (UK) will offer the exceptional ‘Sighs from Hell’ by R. B. Kitaj, a skilled draughtsman who draws comparisons with Degas, which comes from the esteemed Bergman collection in Chicago, Lowell Libson Ltd (UK) offer a great late watercolour by J.M.W. Turner, ‘A view over the val d’Aosta’, painted in 1836, while Piano Nobile (UK) will offer works from 20th century British artists, including ‘The Grey Shawl’ by William Nicholson, , which comes from the private collection at Harewood House, and ‘KA IV’, by Bridget Riley, created in 1980.
Important British works also include ‘The Tom Scott Collection of Clocks’ offered for sale by Carter Marsh & Co (UK), which is the finest private collection of clocks to come onto the market in living memory and includes the 1696 ‘Medici Tompion’. British furniture highlights include a diverse selection of antique tables, such as a George II carved side table attributed to William Linnell, a magnificent table with a rectangular Medicis Breccia marble top, to be offered by Apter-Fredericks (UK).
[J.M.W.Turner, A view over the val d’Aosta,1836. Offered by Lowell Libson]
Other highlights include a Louis-Alexandre Bellangé desk, created in a Renaissance style c.1840 in Paris, with ebony and tortoiseshell inlay on an oak structure, mahogany drawers and gilt bronze mounts, presented by Didier Aaron (UK; France; USA). The Hinton House Strong Box, a rare William and Mary brass bound ebonised strong box on a giltwood stand, created c. 1690, is presented by Ronald Phillips (UK), while Rolleston (UK) present an exceptional Charles II olive oyster-veneered and floral marquetry cabinet.
Rose Uniacke (UK) will present one of the only beds to have ever been exhibited at the Fair – attributed to R. W. Winfield, this is an eye-catching silvered pressed metal and parcel gilt four poster bed, created c.1860.
From the 20th century, Geoffrey Diner Gallery (USA) present two iconic Tiffany Studios lamps, one depicting the peony and the other wisteria, and a Gerald Summers armchair constructed from a single piece of bent plywood, which is also the first chair to be formed in a mould, will be presented by Peter Petrou (UK).
Masterpiece has long heralded the discipline of design and designer-makers as central to the Fair. This year an already strong line-up of design specialist galleries are bolstered by the addition of David Gill Gallery (UK), who will offer some ground-breaking works by Mattia Bonetti, as well as pieces from Zaha Hadid, and the return of design studio Based Upon (UK), who will showcase the breadth of their capabilities and in particular their innovative material ‘tramazite’.
88-Gallery (Hong Kong) offers important and vibrant works by Kam Tim, and Carpenters Workshop Gallery (France; UK) will offer a body of work by Ingrid Donat. British design house Linley (UK) will unveil ‘LIGHTSCAPE’ a collection of three pieces that celebrate the changing light in the city and how it transforms architecture.
In celebration of the year of China and UK relations, which will move to the UK from June onwards, leading exhibitors specialising in objects from Asia present a fine selection of works, including Jorge Welsh Oriental Porcelain & Works of Art (UK; Portugal), who present a rare and unusual Chinese bottle, which belongs to a limited group of blue and white pieces with the coat of arms attributed to King Philip II of Spain (1556 – 1598). They are the only pieces of Chinese porcelain known with this coat of arms.
Vanderven Oriental Art (The Netherlands) will offer an astonishing and rare large pottery figure of a Lokapāla, created during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). In addition, Asian Art in London will also take a stand at Masterpiece presenting a joint exhibition of works from their members.
Of the two Salon spaces at Masterpiece one is hosted by silversmith Puiforcat (owned by Hermes Group), the other salon space will be hosted by Fabergé. In addition, the Vanity Fair Lecture Theatre, which will host an array of high-profile talks and events throughout the Fair, will be designed by Katharine Pooley.
[Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin, 1992. Acrylic on Canvas. Nukaga Gallery.]
Additional new partners for the Fair include Steinway & Sons, who unveil their 600,000th piano ‘The Fibonacci’. It is a one-of-a-kind piano, designed and handcrafted by the renowned artisan Frank Pollaro. Previous milestone pianos reside at the Smithsonian Museum and the White House. Also joining the Fair are Falcon Group, Falcon Fine Art (FFA), which offers unique formulas for art financing and will have a stand in the Partner’s Corridor of the Fair.
Returning as partners are SJ Villas, who present a Prize Draw for two guests, which includes airfare and three nights at the Villa Alkhozama on the Azahra Estate in the exclusive Palmeraie, Marrakesh; and Ruinart Champagne, the exclusive Champagne pouring partner of the Fair. In addition, the Education Programme, during the Fair, will once again be supported by Savills with daily tours provided by Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Caprice Holdings Ltd. enhance visitors’ experience through their world-renowned dining venues, Le Caprice, Scott’s Seafood & Champagne Bar, The Ivy Bar and The Mount Street Deli.
Outside the Fair, Masterpiece use the magnificent South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea to present monumental sculpture including ‘Adam’ and ‘Eve’ by Richard Hudson, represented by Leila Heller Gallery (USA). Exhibited for the first time together, Adam and Eve inspire visitors to contemplate creation, the universe and mankind itself. And ‘Messenger’ by William Tucker RA, which is offered for sale by Pangolin (UK).
For the latest news and developments go to www.masterpiecefair.com – on till Wednesday 1st July 2015
Here are a few of our favourite exhibitors.
Adrian Sassoon (14 Rutland Gate, London, SW7 1BB)
Aktis Gallery (10-11 Park Place, London, SW1A 1LP)
Alan Wheatley Art (23 Masons Yard, London SW1Y)
Benjamin Proust Fine Art (43-44 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2SA)
Blain|Southern (4 Hanover Square, London, W1S 1BP)
Bogh-Art (45 Old Bond St, London W1S 4QT)
Brun Fine Art (38 Old Bond Street, London, W1S 4QW)
Burzio (38 Dover Street, at R+V, London, W1S4NL)
Bowman Sculpture (6 Duke Street St James’s, London SW1Y 6BN)
Carpenters Workshop Gallery (3 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4HE)
Charles Ede (1 Three Kings’ Yard, London, W1K 4JP)
Chatila (22 Old Bond St, London, W1S 4PY)
David Gill Gallery (2-4 King St, London SW1Y 6QP)
Dickinson (58 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6LX)
Didier Aaron(Clifford House, 15 Clifford St, London W1S 4JY)
Hancocks (52/53 Burlington Arcade, London, W1J 0HH)
Harry Fane/ Verdura Jewellery (13 Duke Street St James’s, London SW1Y 6DB)
Jaeger-LeCoultre ( 13 Old Bond Street, London)
John Martin Gallery (38 Albemarle St, London W1S 4JG)
John Mitchell Fine Paintings (44 Old Bond St, London W1S 4GB)
Kenneth Neame Antiques (27 Mount Street, London, W1K 2RT)
Lampronti Gallery (44 Duke Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6DD)
Linley (41 Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0QE)
Lowell Libson Ltd (3 Clifford St, London W1S 2LF)
MacConnal – Mason Gallery (14 Duke Street St James’s, London, SW1Y 6DB)
Mallett (37 Dover St, London W1S 4NJ)
Martyn Gregory (34 Bury St, London SW1Y 6AU)
Mazzoleni (27 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London, W1S 4HZ)
N. & I. Franklin (11 Bury St, London, SW1Y 6AB)
Nukaga Gallery (Flat 1, 46 St.James’s Place, London SW1A 1NS)
Osborne Samuel Gallery (23A Bruton St, London W1J 6QG)
Peter Finer (38- 39 Duke Street St James’s, London, SW1Y 6DF)
Peter Harrington(43 Dover Street, Mayfair, London, W1S4NU)
Philip Mould (18-19 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5LU)
Portland Gallery (8 Bennet St, London SW1A 1RP)
Richard Green(147 New Bond St, London W1S 2TS)
Robilant + Voena (38 Dover St, London W1S 4NL)
Ronald Phillips Ltd. (26 Bruton St, London W1J 6QL)
Rupert Wace Ancient Art (19 Crown Passage, London, SW1Y 6PP)
Sandra Cronan (16 Albemarle St, London W1S 4HW)
Sinai and Sons (60 South Audley Street, London, W1K 2QW)
S.J. Phillips Limited (139 New Bond St, London, W1S 2TL)
Somlo Antiques (35-36 Burlington Arcade, Burlington Arcade, London, W1J 0QB)
Symbolic & Chase (30 Old Bond St, London, W1S 4QQ)
The Fine Art Society (148 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2JT)
The Sladmore Gallery (57 Jermyn St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6LX)
Thomas Gibson Fine Art (39 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1JD)
Tomasso Brothers Fine Art (12 Duke Street, London, SW1Y 6BN)
Trinity House (50 Maddox St, London W1S 1QD)
Van Cleef & Arpels (9 New Bond St, London W1S 3SW)
Wartski (4 Grafton Street, London W1S 4DE)
Whitford Fine Art (6 Duke Street St James’s, London, SW1Y 6BN)
William Weston Gallery (7 Royal Arcade, Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4SG)