Masterpiece London. The Fair of Aesthetic Excellence

Masterpiece London. The Fair of Aesthetic Excellence
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Masterpiece London. The fair of aesthetic excellence to captivate collectors, museum curators and visitors. From June 27 to July 3 2013 (Preview on 26 June).

Masterpiece London. The Fair of Aesthetic Excellence

‘Marie Antoinette Brooch’ from Theo Fennell, Patek Philippe ‘Marilyn Monroe’ gents 18ct yellow gold flared ‘bombe’ wristwatch.

The fourth edition of Masterpiece London is set to captivate collectors, museum curators, and visitors alike with its impressive offering from over 150 distinguished exhibitors from around the world, showcased in a spectacular purpose-built pavilion on the South Grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3. Tickets are available from £20 to buy either from the Masterpiece London website or at the fair, 27 June – 3 July. The fair opens with a Preview on Wednesday 26 June.

Masterpiece London welcomes more than 20 new exhibitors to the fair this year. These include Ariadne Galleries (New York), Martin du Louvre (Paris), Veronique Bamps (Paris), Galerie Willy Huybrechts (Paris), Galerie Vauclair (Paris), Mayoral Galeria D’Arte (Barcelona), Stockspring (London), Montblanc UK Ltd (London) and Rolleston (London) amongst many others. These new exhibitors, each experts in their fields, join Masterpiece London’s returning exhibitors to present a truly international spectrum drawn from 11 different countries, from the west coast of United States to Europe.

Masterpiece London offers an exceptional variety of objects for sale; from new discoveries in the fine and decorative arts to rare maps, watches, jewellery, fine wines, and contemporary design. There are blockbuster pieces suitable for museum collections as well as rare collectors’ pieces from the various disciplines. All works will be stringently vetted by a committee of experts before the fair opens, giving buyers every confidence in their choice.

The fair’s returning exhibitors represent several collecting disciplines, each with the finest examples from their respective areas: there are important historic paintings from Dickinson, exquisite jewels from Siegelson, rare silver from Koopman, Renaissance sculpture from the Tomasso Brothers, folk art from Robert Young Antiques, contemporary ceramics and glass from Adrian Sassoon, sculpture from The Sladmore Gallery, and modern art from specialist Whitford Fine Art.

Fine art is flourishing at Masterpiece London, with the disciplines of Old Masters, modern and contemporary all represented. With exciting pieces from Osborne Samuel commemorating William Scott’s centenary, to Picasso and Edward Munch from Norwegian exhibitor Kaare Bernsten, there is something to suit every collector. Applicat Prazan will represent some of the finest examples of l’École de Paris and Dickinson will bring one of Alberto Giacometti’s late bronzes. The Fine Art Society is dedicating a display area to a selection of Emily Young’s pieces, Britain’s finest living female stone sculptor. Old Master dealer Philip Mould will have a new discovery on show and Robilant + Voena will be displaying a mix of Old Master paintings alongside works by famous contemporary artists. New boundaries are being breached through the representation of the emerging and new markets, with Chinese ink paintings from Michael Goedhuis, Japanese works from Japonesque Inc. and Aboriginal art from JGM Art.

This year, Masterpiece London continues to build its impressive selection of watch and jewellery exhibitors. Vintage time pieces by Patek Philippe and Rolex from Somlo Antiques and an exquisite 1908 Cartier clock from Hancocks will tempt the most refined connoisseur. The fair’s jewellery exhibitors will reveal stunning examples of contemporary and antique jewellery as well as some stand-out pieces: notably Symbolic & Chase will exhibit a piece of extraordinary English royal historical provenance, and Hemmerle will once again have an astonishing selection of collectors’ pieces available. Society jeweller and craftsman Theo Fennell will unveil some wonderful and whimsical creations such as the Marie Antoinette brooch ‘Let them eat cake’ and Veronique Bamps will be bringing fine jewellery from classic designers including Suzanne Belperron, Giuliano and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Increasingly, this is the fair of choice for international dealers working with the finest pieces in the decorative arts. The fair is an interior decorator’s paradise with its mix of contemporary and antique, traditional and eclectic, leading many international consultants to fly in for the event. The superb design of the fair acts as the perfect showcase for design and furniture dealers, from Linley’s and Based Upon’s latest pieces to Gordon Watson’s excellent examples of mid-century Modern pieces as well as contemporary pieces by Paul Belvoir.

These sit alongside the classic English greats of Chippendale, Sheraton and Gillows presented by Mallett, Apter-Fredericks, Ronald Phillips, Rolleston, Thomas Coulborn & Sons and Butchoff. Finch & Co never fail to surprise with the unusual, in this case a magnificent pair of 18th Century Tibetan bronze Lion Dogs, and The Map House will exhibit the largest printed globe ever made, with a 43’’ diameter and unseen for many years in a private collection.

Ceramics are well represented in the fair with important pieces from Röbbig Münich, who will be presenting a collection of early rare Du Paquier porcelain, the first Vienna hard-paste porcelain manufactory (1718-48), and Daniel Kumpf Kunsthandel who will be showing a monumental 1895 KPM Berlin vase attributed to Alexander Kips. Dragesco – Cramoisan, Richard Philp, Stockspring, Jorge Welsh Oriental Porcelain & Works of Art, John Whitehead Works of Art and Rudigier Alte Kunst will also be displaying a plethora of the finest pieces of porcelain from the Far East to Europe.

Once again there is a strong representation of antiquities, medieval and renaissance works of art at the fair, including new dealer Ariadne. Charles Ede will be bringing a selection of Classical and pre-Classical antiquities, including ancient sculpture in bronze and marble as well as red and black-figure vases from Greece and the Greek colonies. There is an exceptional 14th century altarpiece from De Backker; ‘The Crucifixion’ which is attributed to Maestro di Madone de Miséricorde, the so called ‘Master of Mercy’, an early 16th Century German limewood carving of a young woman taken from a chandelier presented by Sam Fogg; and a Greek female marble from the 1st century which will be brought by Galerie Chenel.

The return of this exhibition in June distinguishes London as a destination for international collectors and those seeking a truly aesthetic, epicurean experience. The opportunity to drink Ruinart Champagne with oysters at Scott’s whilst viewing the best of the best that Masterpiece London has to offer is not to be missed.

The rarity and quality of the pieces for sale make Masterpiece London a truly unmissable event for collectors. With each object on display a masterpiece in its own right, there really is something to appeal to everyone from seasoned collectors to first time buyers.

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