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  • Phillip King in Association with Thomas Dane Gallery 09/04/14


    (From left to right) works by Phillip King at Masterpiece London: ‘Dunstable Reel’, 1970/2013, steel, 195.5 x 546 x 574 cm., 77 x 215 x 226 in, edition AP of 3 + 1AP, ‘High Sky And Bling’, 2013, painted steel, 800 x 330 x 262 cm, edition 1 of 1 + 1AP and ‘Genghis Khan’, 1963/2011, painted steel, 250 x 274 x 366 cm, 98 3/8 x 107 7/8 x 144 1/8 in, edition 1 of 3 + 1AP.


    In celebration of Masterpiece London’s 5th edition and Phillip King’s 80th birthday, the fair will present a curated exhibition, in association with Thomas Dane Gallery, of King’s significant large-scale outdoor works. These pieces will be exhibited within the magnificent South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, including Ranelagh Gardens, as part of Masterpiece London.


    A number of King’s sculptural forms and modes will be offered for sale during the exhibition, and will range from his earlier works in the 1960s to present day. Highlights include one of King’s most iconic cone sculptures ‘Genghis Khan’, 1963/2013, as well as previously unseen pieces such as the 8m high ‘High Sky and Bling’, 2013 and colourful ‘Ring Reel’, 2013. Other works on show from King’s early oeuvre include ‘Angle Poise’, 1973, ‘Slant’, 1966, ‘Spring – a – Ling’, 1983 and ‘Bus Shelter’, 2000.


    Phillip King (b.1934) is a leading figure among the group of British sculptors known as the New Generation who came to critical acclaim during the mid-1960s. He was born in Tunisia and moved to Britain in 1945 where he studied at Cambridge University. At Anthony Caro’s invitation, he studied sculpture at Central St Martins during the 1960s and went on to work as an assistant to Henry Moore. He has been a legendary tutor at London’s most distinguished art schools, including St Martins from 1959–1980 with Anthony Caro and Eduardo Paolozzi, and the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin (1979–1980). He was Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London from 1980–1990, and was made Professor Emeritus at the College in 1990. King was elected Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London in 1990, a post which he held until his election as President of the Royal Academy in 1999 (King was President until 2004). Phillip King has had several retrospective exhibitions; at the  Whitechapel Art Gallery, Hayward Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Forte de Belvedere, Florence, and most recently at Le Consortium, Dijon in 2013. King was also commissioned to create work for Expo ’70 in Tokyo and represented Britain alongside Bridget Riley at the 1968 Venice Biennale.

    “Combined with the Phillip King solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery, opening 11 June until 26 July, this will be a wholly deserved celebration of a remarkable working life that has spanned over 50 years and is continuing to this day.” Nazy Vassegh, CEO Masterpiece London.


    Entrance to the exhibition is free to the public and the pieces will be on show during the fair and afterwards, until 29 August. 

    Posted By:  Martin Sydne
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre & Masterpiece London 2014 04/04/14


    Nazy Vassegh (CEO of Masterpiece London), Heather Kerzner (Marie Curie Cancer Care Ambassador)

     and Zahra Kassim-Lakha (Director UK Market & Global Strategy of Jaeger-LeCoultre)

      

    Jaeger-LeCoultre is pleased to present the first international exhibition of its Hybris Artistica Collection of exceptional timepieces at Masterpiece London in June. Celebrating its 5th year, the Fair will once again bring together leading exhibitors from around the world to showcase a superb selection of museum-quality art, antiques, jewellery, furniture and design. Masterpiece London attracts keen collectors across a wide range of collecting categories and has established itself as notable highlight of the annual art fair calendar. Set in the magnificent South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea the Fair takes place during London Art Week, 26 June – 2 July (Preview on 25 June).

    The Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Artistica Collection includes twelve fascinating timepieces that represent an unprecedented combination of design, technical construction, watchmaking art and exquisite craftsmanship. Individually and collectively, the twelve pieces underline both the Manufacture’s leadership in Grandes Complications and, thanks to its in-house workshops, its boundless creativity in Métiers rares – the fine arts of enamelling, gemsetting, and engraving.


    Zahra Kassim-Lakha, Director UK Market & Global Strategy, said “Connoisseurs will be fascinated to meet our master watchmakers and craftsmen as they demonstrate their art as well as their passion, approachability and excellence. Masterpiece London provides the ideal canvas to appreciate the minute scale of our watchmaking masterpieces and the extraordinary mechanical complexity to make our timepieces tick with the greatest precision.”


    "We are thrilled that Jaeger-LeCoultre are supporting Masterpiece London in three significant ways; as an exhibitor unveiling their Hybris Artistica Collection to the public for the first time, as the Patron Programme Partner and as sponsors of the charity night in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. They are one of the world's leading watchmakers and their exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail in the art of watchmaking, alongside their additional support for Masterpiece London, makes them a noteworthy addition to the fair”. Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece London. 


    Steeped in over 180 years of history in watchmaking, and as one of the largest and most respected leaders in high-end watchmaking, Jaeger-LeCoultre is also proud to announce special support for a leading UK charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care, which is the beneficiary of the Masterpiece Marie Curie Party. In 2014, Jaeger-LeCoultre will be the official partner of this Party and Private Dinner. During this event on 1 July, special guests will be able to visit all the exhibitors’ stands and also participate in a silent and live auction of specially selected works of art, collectible items and one-of-a-kind experiences to benefit Marie Curie. The private dinner at Le Caprice will hosted by Heather Kerzner, Jaeger-LeCoultre and other ambassadors of Marie Curie Cancer Care. 


    Marie Curie, founded in 1948, is the leading charity providing care to people with any terminal illness in their own homes or in one of its nine hospices. The charity is best known for its nurses who work in terminally ill patient’s homes providing care overnight.


    For those who don’t have much time left, each day is a gift and Marie Curie gives families the chance to make the most of the time they have together. 


    Whether it’s ensuring the patient is comfortable or allowing families members to get some much needed rest, time is precious. Funds raised by the Masterpiece Marie Curie Party will go towards providing more free nursing care so patients can spend more quality time with their loved ones. 


    Zahra Kassim-Lakha continues, “Jaeger-LeCoultre recognises Marie Curie’s proactive approach, professionalism and strong ethical commitment. We are delighted to bring significant support to Marie Curie to raise funds and awareness of their work and help people make the most of the time they have left.”


    Posted By:  Martin Sydne
  • Masterpiece London 2014, in association with RBC Wealth Management 10/01/14


    Masterpiece London returns to the world’s capital of culture in June 2014 to celebrate its 5th anniversary edition. The 2014 offering of exquisite art, antiques and design from across the world, with over 90% of exhibitors returning, cements Masterpiece London’s role as a leading international fair which is pioneering in its  advocacy of cross-collecting.


    Graham Southern, Director at Blain|Southern, said “Last year marked the gallery’s first appearance at Masterpiece and the fair was undoubtedly a resounding success. What makes this fair so unique is the range of artworks on display, where one might unexpectedly encounter anything from classical to the contemporary, creating an immersive opportunity to experience and learn about art for both the dedicated collector and the viewing public.”


    The fair will showcase the finest master works available, creating an unmissable opportunity for international collectors and connoisseurs. The fair will take place from 26 June – 2 July 2014 (with a Preview on Wednesday 25 June) in the South Grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3. Tickets are £25 and can be purchased from the Masterpiece website www.masterpiecefair.com


    With capacity for up to 160 exhibitors, and galleries already signing up, the fair will once again bring to London a wealth of exceptional UK and international exhibitors, including Adrian Sassoon (UK), Alessandro di Castro (Italy), Apter-Fredericks (UK), Blain Southern (UK) Carpenters Workshop Gallery (France & UK), Mallett Antiques(UK), Dickinson Fine Art (UK), Galerie Willy Huybrechts (France), Gordon Watson (UK), Geoffrey Diner (US), Hancocks (UK), Hemmerle (Germany), Les Enluminures (US), Offer Waterman (UK), Osborne Samuel (UK), Peter Finer (UK), Peter Petrou (UK), Philip Mould & Co (UK), Robilant + Voena (UK), Ronald Phillips (UK), Rupert Wace Ancient Art (UK), Sebastian + Barquet (US), Siegelson (US), Shapero Rare Books (UK), Symbolic & Chase (UK), Thomas Gibson Fine Art (UK), and The Fine Art Society (UK).


    Of the 2013 fair, Peter Osborne, Director of Osborne Samuel said Masterpiece has become a highlight of our summer season and 2013 was an exceptionally successful event for the gallery. The fair has become an essential destination for British collectors and this year we also saw many more visitors from USA as well as mainland Europe, and China. It is the most elegant of fairs and provides visitors with a fabulous feast for the eyes; and for serious collectors, a wonderful choice of the very best things in their chosen field. As well as meeting old friends, every year at Masterpiece we meet new collectors from around the world, and we are already acquiring masterworks for the 2014 event, which can’t come soon enough!”


    Objects and artworks of the highest order will be presented across multiple disciplines; paintings and works on paper, ceramics, rare maps, sculpture, photography, jewellery, important furniture and contemporary design will all be offered for sale. All works will be stringently vetted by a committee of experts before the fair opens, giving buyers every confidence in their choice.


    Harry Fane from Verdura added“Masterpiece has established itself as one of the ‘must attend events’ of the London season.  Everyone will tell you something different about participating but for Verdura, we find the fair beautiful and it attracts an interesting and diverse group of visitors who buy our jewellery. What more can we ask for?”


    TheMasterpiece Marie Curie Party will take place on Tuesday 1 July at 19.00, the second year that the charity has been the beneficiary. In 2013 the Midsummer Party, chaired by Heather Kerzner, raised a record of £840,000, beating Marie Curie’s target of £500,000 by a phenomenal amount.


    Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece London, said,“We are delighted to welcome back such a significant portion of our 2013 exhibitors. Our 5th fair will mark a milestone for us within the international art fair circuit and this level of support highlights the strength of our cross-collecting offering”.

    Posted By:  Laverack Natalie

Masterpiece London 2014

‘London’s Masterpiece art and antiques fair is adding cultural clout to its upscale image.’

Joseph Charlton i © Financial Times Ltd

An Unparalleled Show of Fine Art

Masterpiece London, situated at the peak of the capital’s summer season, brings together patrons, collectors, curators and exhibitors from across the world in a display of art, antiques and design of the highest calibre.

A forum for design and aesthetic excellence, every exhibit offered is scrutinised by a team of independent experts to ensure confidence in each purchase.

Scott’s Seafood & Champagne Bars, Le Caprice, The Ivy Bar, The Mount Street Deli all provide the perfect break from the fair to discuss art or meet friends.

Each day, exhibitors present insights into their given area of expertise. If your interests lie in antiquities or abstract art, decorative arts or jewels, Masterpiece London gives you the opportunity to get up close to some of the finest examples at the fair and to learn and acquire from the world’s leading luminaries.

the masterpiece marie curie party

Marie Curie Cancer Care is delighted to have been selected as the beneficiary of the Masterpiece Party for a second year.