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    We are delighted to announce that yesterday (30 November 2017) MCH Group acquired a majority shareholding in Masterpiece London.

     

    MCH Group, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, organizes and hosts about 90 exhibitions, including the globally leading Art Basel shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, alongside Design Miami, Design Miami Basel and India Art Fair.

     

    Masterpiece perfectly complements MCH Group’s existing portfolio of high calibre art fairs. We believe that our unique approach as the leading international cross-collecting fair will prove a great success in new territories and we are excited at the prospect of expanding Masterpiece London internationally.

     

    René Kamm, CEO of MCH Group, commented: "We are impressed by the unique concept of Masterpiece London and its successful development in the past few years. Masterpiece London is the perfect match for MCH Group’s 'Global Collector Events Strategy'. It unites collector groups from different sectors and holds great development potential. MCH Group is setting out to support the fair in its further development, enabling them to expand their position to new regions. It is our common objective to strengthen our position in the buoyant global collector market calling for new collector events."

     

    Managing Director Lucie Kitchener, with the current ten-strong team, will be responsible for the new Business Unit within MCH Group under the leadership of CEO René Kamm. She joined Masterpiece London in January 2017 having previously held senior roles in the luxury goods sector. Philip Hewat-Jaboor will continue as Chairman of the Fair. The three founders, Harry Apter, Simon Philips and Harry Van der Hoorn will continue to support the management team in the Board, together with Board Advisor, Ruth Kennedy.

     

    Masterpiece London’s ninth edition will take place from 28 June to 4 July 2018 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

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    The 2017 edition of Masterpiece London closed on Wednesday 5 July, having seen record visitor numbers and strong sales across all disciplines, including major acquisitions by international institutions and significant sales to private collectors. The Fair drew a record 44,000 visitors, including 8,500 for the preview alone. Masterpiece London was supported for the fourth consecutive year by Principal Sponsor, Royal Bank of Canada.

     

    The Fair’s success follows high quality gallery presentations by 153 exhibitors, showing the finest works of art from antiquity to the present day, with a unique focus on cross-collecting. Exhibitors who participated at the Fair spoke highly of their experience and success at this year’s show.

     

    Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Chairman of Masterpiece London said: ‘This was a particularly outstanding year for Masterpiece London. We were delighted to present such a strong programme of returning and new exhibitors, expanding the breadth of world-class works of art on offer, as well as launching our new initiative MASTERPIECE PRESENTS with a specially commissioned piece by leading contemporary artist, Iván Navarro.

     

    Significant gallery presentations within curated booths, spanning all eras and styles, translated into major sales and we are pleased to report on the excellent attendance of collectors and museum figures from around the world. Masterpiece is moving from strength to strength, truly establishing itself as the leading international destination for visitors to discover and engage with art first hand, in the heart of London.’

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    Thursday 29 June-Wednesday 5 July, daily at 6pm, JLT Stand in the Partner’s Area

     

    SAW was set up to give people of any age curious about any kind of art the opportunity of looking at it and, more importantly, handling it, within a small group led by a specialist dealer  or curator. These workshops are not talks, or master classes for experts, but environments in which anyone can engage with objects first hand, look, think and ask questions. They are as much about passion and pleasure as knowledge.

     

    Subjects will vary each day. They are free to attend with a Masterpiece 2017 ticket and will operate on a first come, first served basis, maximum 10 guests:

     

    29 June – Chinese scholar’s rock, with Marcus Flacks

     

    30 June – Bronze: The Centaur Nessus Abducting Deianeira, c1590, with Dino Tomasso

     

    1 June – Rustic pottery v. court porcelain, with Errol Manners

     

    2 July – Regency silver, with Lewis Smith of Koopman Rare Art

     

    3 July – Historicism meets modernism: a tureen designed by Christopher Dresser, c1880, with Blairman’s Martin Levy 

     

    4 July - Lalique: the pine cone pendant in context, with Wartski’s Katherine Purcell (on Wartski’s stand)

     

    5 July - Cabinet of Curiosities, with Jan Finch

     

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