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  • Masterpiece London saw record attendance of 40,000 and strong sales across the fair 03/07/15

    (From left to right): ‘Adam’ and ‘Eve’ by Richard Hudson, represented by Leila Heller Gallery, outside Masterpiece London 2015; a Ruby and Diamond Cuff Bracelet by Boucheron, sold by Symbolic & Chase; Benjamin Proust with a visitor at Masterpiece London 2015. Image credits Andy Barnham.

    Masterpiece London 2015, in association with Principal Sponsor Royal Bank of Canada, resulted in strong sales to private collectors and international institutions alike. Held for the sixth year at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, many exhibitors saved their very finest pieces to unveil and sales across all principle categories supported the Fair's ethos of 'cross-collecting'.

    The fair saw record visitor numbers of 40,000, a significant increase on 2014, and an influx of international collectors, a number of whom stated that they had flown into London to enjoy Masterpiece Week and the capital at the height of the season.

    Of the 2015 Fair, Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece London commented “It has been an absolute privilege to oversee the 6th edition of Masterpiece London in association with Royal Bank of Canada. All our exhibitors, partners and sponsors have contributed a huge amount of time and energy to help make this the best Masterpiece to date. London has a long and rich heritage at the heart of the art market and we are delighted to be at the very epicentre of this busy summer season."

    The prize for ‘Object of the Year’ went to The Hanover Tompion, offered by Carter Marsh & Co, which was part of the Tom Scott collection of clocks many of which are attributed to Thomas Tompion. This horological collection has proved immensely successful with Carter Marsh & Co selling over £8.5million worth of clocks including £4.5million for the Medici Tompion.

    Over 150 museum directors and curators from the world’s finest cultural institutions visited this year’s fair, including Carlos Picon (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Sir Nicholas Penny (National Gallery), Peter B Kerber (Getty Museum), Duncan Bull (Rijksmuseum) Christopher Monkhouse (Chicago Institute of Arts) and Jessica Harrison-Hall (British Museum) to name a few.

    Throughout the eight days of the Fair, Masterpiece welcomed a host of high profile guests, including Mila Kunis, Liz Hurley, Sir Michael Caine, Anjelica Huston, Eva Herzigova, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Paul Smith, Lord and Lady Camoys, Jeffrey Archer, Robbie Williams, Joanna Lumley, Masako the Crown Princess of Japan, HRH Princess Alexandra and HRH Princess Michael of Kent.

    On the penultimate evening Masterpiece London and the NSPCC hosted The Neo-Romantic Art Gala Reception & Dinner. The evening was a huge success with over £1.2 million raised for the NSPCC.

    (From left to right) Liz Hurley; HRH Princess Michael of Kent with Masterpiece Chairman Philip Hewat-Jaboor; Paul Smith. Image credit Andy Barnham.

    Posted By:  Drury Alexander
  • Masterpiece London 2015 opens with record attendees, significant sales across the board and major unveilings 28/06/15

    The exterior of Masterpiece London 2015, with ‘Adam’ and ‘Eve’ by Richard Hudson, represented by Leila Heller Gallery. Image credit Deniz Karagulle.

    The Preview Day of the sixth edition of Masterpiece London ended with reports of record visitor numbers and strong sales across the board. The Fair draws collectors, curators, and designers from all over the world who view and purchase exceptional works of art spanning over 4,000 years of art history. This year the Fair welcomed a record 8,900 visitors on its opening day to the stunning Thames side location of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, an increase of over 26% on last year.

    "Opening day has proved better than ever!" said Raffaello Tomasso, at Tomasso Brothers Fine Art (Stand C2). "Visitors have loved the stand," added Dino Tomasso, "and we've met an enormous number of new contacts." Amongst several opening day sales was a Franco-Italian early C19th marble bust of Pyrrhus depicted as the Greek god Ares, sold for a price in the region of £100,000. 

    Strong sales were reported across the board including the sale of the prime piece at Rupert Wace Ancient Art (Stand C21), Hygiea for a six figure sum. Symbolic & Chase (Stand C7) sold an important diamond and ruby Boucheron cuff for a seven figure sum and Koopman Rare Art (Stand C30), silver specialists sold their fair highlight The Great Seals of the Queen’s Bench, 1838.

    Modern British has performed particularly well with a previously unknown work by Henry Moore, a lead Helmet, 1950, discovered by Osborne Samuel (Stand D24) and sold to a private Canadian collector who flew in especially for the Fair. Richard Green (Stand D26) got off to a good start, including the sale of a fine painting by L.S. Lowry and Dickinson (Stand D2) sold works by Chagall, Miró and Rodin on Preview Day. Robertaebasta (Stand B42) were delighted with the opening day achieving many sales including an important work by Alighiero Boetti, 1988. The Tom Scott collection of clocks offered by Carter Marsh & Co (Stand D11) achieved lots of attention with the Medici Tompion selling for £4.5million and a further 5 long case clocks taking the total to an “astonishing” £8million. In the decorative arts Ronald Phillips (Stand D6) sold The Castle Howard  mirrors, a set of four George II giltwood mirrors, circa 1740, and Robert Young Antiques (Stand C11) got off to a flying start with much of their stock selling within only a few hours of the fair opening.

    From left to right: Petra Ecclestone, James Stunt and Tamara Ecclestone with their children; Nazy Vassegh (CEO of Masterpiece London) with Elizabeth Esteve; Fredrikson Stallard. Image credit Andy Barnham.

    J-F Courville, Chief Operating Officer, RBC Wealth Management, said ‘We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of Masterpiece London with the introduction of the Fifth Plinth. Inspired by Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, the Fifth Plinth in the Royal Bank of Canada lounge will feature a different ‘Masterpiece’ each day. Our sponsorship of the Fair also forms part of a larger dialogue between artists and collectors which the Royal Bank of Canada supports through a $7 million annual global commitment to the arts.

    High profile guests that attended included Evegeny Lebedev, Mila Kunis, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Jasper Conran, Robbie Williams, Jade Jagger, Roman Abramovich, Dasha Zhukova, Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell, Petra Ecclestone, James Stunt, Tamara Ecclestone, Sir Howard Hodgkin, Audrey Gruss, Terence Disdale, The Earl & Countess of Derby, Daniel Katz, Scott Snyder, Fredrikson Stallard, Jamie Drake, Ellie Cullman, Lord Constantine, Basia Briggs, Nick Foulkes, Princess Michael of Kent,  Sol Campbell, and Scott Snyder as well as the Chelsea Pensioners, all of whom added to the buzz of the Preview Day.

    Museum collectors and patrons included Carlos Picon (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Rosie Mills (LACMA), Sir Nicholas Penny (National Gallery), Peter B Kerber (Getty Museum), Jessica Harrison-Hall (British Museum), Rita Freed (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), and Duncan Bell (Rijksmuseum), to name but a few.

    The 2015 Fair saw major unveilings from our exhibitors, including an unseen and uncatalogued pastel work by Claude Monet, which was discovered on the back of an existing pastel given by Monet to Paul Durand-Ruel’s (Monet’s dealer) granddaughter on her wedding day, offered by Richard Green (Stand D26); one of the largest fancy vivid Old-Cut yellow diamonds to ever come to market, weighing just over 114 carat, was unveiled by Symbolic & Chase (Stand C7); Dickinson (Stand D2) presented a monumental painting measuring over 4.5 metres tall by Robert Delaunay, the husband of Sonia Delaunay who is currently the focus of a major retrospective at Tate Britain.

    The Design Committee this year extended its remit to celebrate the diverse range of outstanding objects that the exhibitors offer every year. The committee was comprised of Philip Hewat-Jaboor (Chairman of Masterpiece London), Robin Anthony (Curator, Royal Bank of Canada), Susan Moore (Art Market Correspondent and Associate Editor at Apollo Magazine), Dr Brian Allen (Chairman, Hazlitt Gooden & Fox), Francis Sultana (Furniture and Interior Designer), Jamie Drake (Interior Designer), and Stephen Harrison (Decorative Arts Curator, Cleveland Museum of Art). The Outstanding Display of the Year Award went to Steinitz (Stand D10) and Object of the Year Award went to The Hanover Tompion No 417 at Carter Marsh & Co (Stand D11).

    In addition to these, the committee also awarded the ‘Painting of the Year Award’ to La Ville de Paris, La Femme et la Tour Eiffel, by Robert Delaunay, 1925, offered by Dickinson (Stand D2), ‘Jewel of the Year Award’ to Wartski (Stand C1) for their The Fall of the Damned by René Lalique, a cast and chased gold pendant suspending a baroque pearl, 1902, ‘Work of the Year by a Living Artist’ went to Yayoi Kusama for her work Waves, offered by Nukaga Gallery (Stand B12) .

    Posted By:  Drury Alexander
  • Distinguished Cultural Partners Announced 12/06/15

    From left to right: 1. Alberto Giacometti by Ida Kar, 1954 © National Portrait Gallery, London. Giacometti: Pure Presence at the National Portrait Gallery in October 2015. 2. ‘Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist’ c. 1528-37, by Perino del Vaga © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London. Unfinished… Works from The Courtauld Gallery from 18 June. 3. ‘The Swing’, 1767 by Jean-Honoré © The Wallace Collection.

    Masterpiece London is delighted to announce its official Cultural Partners ahead of the 2015 Fair, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Wallace Collection, the Sir John Soane Museum and The Courtauld Institute of Art. These institutions represent the world’s most celebrated artists, display historically and culturally important works and house some of the most prized private collections known internationally. The diverse appeal of their collections makes them natural partners for Masterpiece London.

    The support of these renowned UK institutions confirms Masterpiece London’s position as an integral part of the capital’s cultural offering. The summer season in London is an important period in the annual arts calendar, when the national museums open blockbuster exhibitions, the auction houses hold their major annual and bi-annual sales in London, and art galleries across the West End host exhibitions for London Art Week and Master Paintings Week (3 – 10 July).

    Coinciding with Masterpiece London, The Courtauld Gallery will present their summer showcase exhibition ‘Unfinished…Works From The Courtauld Gallery’ (18 June – 20 September 2015), bringing together paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century that have all been described as unfinished. In the autumn the gallery will celebrate one of Britain’s most important and original Post-War artists, Peter Lanyon (15 October 2015 – 17 January 2016), with an exhibition entitled ‘Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings’.

    Above left: Louis XIV combination casket by Andre Charles Boulle exhibited by Kraemer Gallery (works by Boulle can also be seen at the Wallace Collection. Above right: ‘Portrait of Lady Nanne Schrader (Nee Wiborg) by Giovanni Boldini, exhibited by Bottegantica (works by Boldini can also be seen at the National Portrait Gallery)

    The National Portrait Gallery will be opening their summer exhibition Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon (2 July – 18 October 2015), illustrating the life of the actress and fashion icon, followed by their autumn exhibition Giacometti: Pure Presence (15 October 2015 – 10 January 2016), which will focus on his portraits that span his entire oeuvre.

    Sir John Soane’s Museum celebrates the re-opening of Sir John Soane’s Private Apartments and Model Room (opened on 19 May), which have not been seen for 160 years. These will remain open until 4 July 2015 and the tours will be led by the expert staff at the museum.

    The Wallace Collection celebrates its partnership with Masterpiece London with a new membership opportunity: become a Friend of the Wallace Collection for just £45 and new members will receive 2 General Admission tickets to the Masterpiece. Friends will enjoy Friends only Previews and invitation to the Annual Director’s Lecture amongst other great benefits.

    Each of these Cultural Partnerships reflect the cross-collecting nature of the Fair, highlights the importance of summer in London for the arts sector, and emphasises the unique position Masterpiece occupies in the international art market. Further cementing this, is the tremendous support the Fair receives from museums around the world. Each year Masterpiece London draws curators to the Fair from the world’s finest cultural institutions and 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 these world-renowned institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Rijksmuseum, MoMA, British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, The Getty and Tate.

    In addition Masterpiece London will be working with London & Partners and VisitBritain to promote the summer arts season in London, and across Great Britain, in which there are two weeks were Masterpiece takes place.

    CEO of London & Partners, Gordon Innes, says: ‘The capital offers a vibrant and diverse variety of arts and culture all year round providing a great reason to put London at the top of your list of places to visit. London’s world-class cultural institutions and events have long helped drive a significant increase in the visitors to London. This summer’s outstanding programme of exhibitions and events - including Masterpiece - will further boost London’s visitor economy as the capital cultural offer continues to go from strength to strength.’

    “Great Britain's cultural scene is world-renowned for being the birthplace of Turner, Shakespeare, Mackintosh, Gormley, Hirst, Hockney and Dylan Thomas, as well as perennial favourite events including The Proms, Glyndebourne, Wimbledon, Royal Ascot and the Edinburgh Festival. Summer is a fantastic time for visitors to experience all that Britain has to offer, especially culture, and the Masterpiece Fair is a fabulous way to enjoy fine arts, antiques and design from around the world, in a unique setting,”
    said Joss Croft, Marketing Director for VisitBritain.

    CEO of Masterpiece London, Nazy Vassegh says ‘Museums and cultural institutions have been central to Masterpiece fair from the very beginning and this year we are thrilled to partner with these leading international institutions. The fair provides an excellent platform for collectors, art dealers, cultural institutions and connoisseurs to congregate during this important season in London, which we have consciously chosen to be part of.’

    Posted By:  C. Pablo

Masterpiece London 2015 Video

In its 6th edition Masterpiece welcomed over 40,000 visitors, drew over 150 curators from the world’s leading cultural institutions and was joined for the second year by Principal Sponsor, Royal Bank of Canada. With over 150 international exhibitors, the 2015 edition was a buzz with activity resulting in over £100 million worth of sales.

In its 6th edition Masterpiece welcomed over 40,000 visitors, drew over 150 curators from the world’s leading cultural institutions and was joined for the second year by Principal Sponsor, Royal Bank of Canada. With over 150 international exhibitors, the 2015 edition was a buzz with activity resulting in over £100 million worth of sales.

Masterpiece Winter Supplement Out Now


The winter supplement of the Masterpiece magazine is out now. This publication showcases the breadth of superb works of art that are offered by the exhibitors at Masterpiece London. In this edition we also highlight our 2015 Award Winners and look back at the variety of events which took place at the fair during Masterpiece Week.

The winter supplement of the Masterpiece magazine is out now. This publication showcases the breadth of superb works of art that are offered by the exhibitors at Masterpiece London. In this edition we also highlight our 2015 Award Winners and look back at the variety of events which took place at the fair during Masterpiece Week.

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