(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.