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Pic: 'Union (Horse with Two Disks)', 2001, by Christopher Le Brun, exhibited by New Art Centre at Masterpiece London 2017.

 
 

Preview of Masterpiece London

Masterpiece Presents 2019

Masterpiece London Sculpture Series

Fine Art at Masterpiece London

Sculpture at Masterpiece London

Ancient Art & Antiques at Masterpiece London

Dining at Masterpiece London

Jewellery at Masterpiece London

Masterpiece London is Open

Cross Collecting at Masterpiece London

Talks & Education Programme at Masterpiece London

Masterpiece London

Masterpiece London

Masterpiece London

Opening | Masterpiece London 2018 (Video)

Painting & Fine Art Highlights

Antiquity Highlights

Sculpture Highlights

Jewellery Highlights

Dining at Masterpiece

Building Masterpiece London

Highlights | Masterpiece London 2017 (video)

Anticipation | Masterpiece London 2017 (video)

Opening | Masterpiece London 2017 (video)

Atmosphere | Masterpiece London 2017 (video)

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Guests leaving the preview evening of Masterpiece London 2017

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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Visitors enjoy a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne in front of Dickinson

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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A mix of ancient to contemporary on Geoffrey Diner Gallery and Safani Gallery's shared stand at Masterpiece 2017

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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Godson and Coles' stand, which displayed 18th century furniture alongside modern and contemporary British works

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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Artist Iván Navarro in front of his work Impenetrable Room, specially comissioned for Masterpiece London 2017 by Paul Kasmin Gallery

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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A selection of vintage Belperron at Verdura Jewellery

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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A group of school children learn about Jeroen Verhoeven's Bubble Cabinet (2016), exhibited by Blain|Southern

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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Rachid Koraichi, Les Prieurs (2015) and Masterpiece flags outside of the Fair

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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Dutko Gallery at Masterpiece London 2017

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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Christopher Le Brun, Union (Horse with Two Discs), 2001, exhibited by the New Art Centre

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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The Cape Reimagined by Burberry at Masterpiece London 2017

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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Wallace Chan hosts a talk on his stand at Masterpiece 2017

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The Famous Women Dinner Service by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant (1932) offered for sale by Piano Nobile

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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Works by Mario Ceroli and Lucio Fontana on Tornabuoni's stand at Masterpiece 2017

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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The Giustinani Vases (c. 1826-30) exhibited by Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Charles Alexander Giron (c. 1884) and Cypresses and Pines (1913) offered for sale by Collisart LLC

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Guests at the Masterpiece 2017 preview Evening

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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Contemporary ceramics on Adrian Sassoon's stand at Masterpiece 2017

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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Robilant + Voena gallery at Masterpiece London 2017

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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Visitors admire masterpieces by Claude Monet at Gladwell & Patterson

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Sarti Gallery

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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Colnaghi and Tomasso Brothers Fine Art at Masterpiece 2017

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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Robin Katz Fine Art

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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David Gill Gallery

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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Axel Vervoordt Gallery

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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Ronald Phillips Ltd

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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Rose Uniacke

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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Masterpiece: The Art of Collecting with Sotheby's Institute of Art in the Masterpiece Lecture Theatre by Maurizio Pellizzoni

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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Impressionist and modern works of art at Dickinson

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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School children discover Iván Navarro's Impenetrable Room

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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Michael Goedhuis at Masterpiece 2017

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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Agnew's Gallery at Masterpiece 2017

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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The Riva Aquarama Lamborghini (1968)

Photograph by Andy Barnham

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Perrin Fine Art at Masterpiece 2017

Photograph by Chris Allerton

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20th century design at Galerie Chastel-Marechal

Photograph by Chris Allerton

Highlights of Masterpiece 2016 (video)

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This monumental work in granite and bronze - Lost Fragment, 2016 - stood at the entrance to the fair, exhibited by Based Upon

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Dickinson offered museum quality works from masters including Juan Gris, Gerhardt Richter and JMW Turner

Photography by Andy Barnham

Rachel Campbell-Johnston, Chief Art Critic - The Times, on Masterpiece 2016 (video)

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New exhibitor Axel Vervoordt presented a fantastic selection of carefully curated works from antiquity to the present day

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Tornabuoni Art showcased modern and contemporary works from leading Italian artists

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Gallery Steinitz's lavish display recreated haute Parisian decor, exhibiting a selection of works spanning the centuries

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Gallery Dutko brought an elegant selection of Art Deco designs alongside modern and contemporary art

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Scott's Seafood & Champagne Bar, running down the centre of Masterpiece London

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Renowned antique furniture dealer Apter-Fredericks Ltd marked their 70th anniversary at Masterpiece London

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Exhibitor Sam Fogg brought a selection of beautiful Medieval works of art to Masterpiece London including this graceful Saint John of the Crucifixion from Lower Austria, Tyrolc. 1480-1490

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Twenty­-seven individual Vetting Committees examine each piece in their own field to ensure that the exhibit is genuine, in good condition, correctly labelled and worthy of exhibition at Masterpiece

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Francis Sultana, Artistic Director of David Gill Gallery, presents a public talk on the Zaha Hadid Commemorative Salon

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Masterpiece London welcomed members of the British Fashion Council Trust to our Lecture Theatre, beautifully designed by Katharine Pooley. The panel included Mary Katrantzou, Miroslava Duma and Nasiba Adilova, moderated by Jo Ellison.

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Arriving on the red carpet of Masterpiece London

Photography by Andy Barnham

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The inimitable Chelsea Pensioners share their stories over a sculpted grenade

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Chairman of Masterpiece London

Photography by Andy Barnham

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The Girih Treasure Chest took centre stage on David Linley's stand at Masterpiece 2016

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Nazy Vassegh, Masterpiece London CEO, with a group of Chelsea Pensioners

Photography by Andy Barnham

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British fashion legend Sir Paul Smith at Masterpiece London

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Kirsty Allsopp enjoying Masterpiece London

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Sundaram Tagore Gallery presenting a public talk on contemporary art in the context of a globalised world

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Princess Alia Al-Senussi, Karen Levy, Eugenio Re Rebaudengo and Jeffrey Boloten at the panel discussion 'A New Generation of Collectors' as part of the Sotheby's Institute of Art short course 'Masterpiece London: The Art of Collecting'

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Masterpiece London Champagne Sponsor Perrier-Jouët hosted regular Champagne Masterclasses in conjunction with Bompas & Parr

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Renowned young explorers, the Turner twins enjoying the sun on the Perrier-Jouët Champagne Terrace

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Agnew's sold Tullio Crali's Futurist 'Nose Diving On the City' on the opening day of Masterpiece London 2016

Photography by Andy Barnham

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Henry Moore's Working Model for Reclining Figure: Festival, 1950 was available from exhibitor Offer Waterman

Photography by Andy Barnham

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This stunning Art Nouveau rocking chair from Societa Anonima Antonio Volpe, Italy, C. 1915 was exhibited by Rose Uniacke

Photography by Andy Barnham

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We were delighted to welcome Luke Syson and Ellenor Alcorn from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art who gave a wonderful talk 'British Decorative Arts: The View from The Met'

Photography by Andy Barnham

MASTERPIECE PRESENTS

Masterpiece Presents provides a platform for innovative, immersive works of art at the entrance to the Fair.

This year’s Masterpiece Presents features two monumental light installations by Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha, represented by Sundaram Tagore Gallery. The artist is known for her award-winning, immersive light installations, and has been the subject of three solo museum shows in the past year.

For this special presentation, Agha has created an illuminated cube, fabricated from laser-cut steel into which she cuts elaborate patterns. Suspended and lit from within, the work casts lace-like floor-to-ceiling shadows that completely transform the surrounding environment, alluding to the richly ornamented public spaces such as mosques that Agha was excluded from as a female growing up in Lahore. Agha’s second installation at Masterpiece, This is NOT a Refuge II explores the loss of family and home that stems from displacement and resettlement.

Masterpiece Presents 2019 | Phyllida Barlow
Masterpiece Presents 2018 | Marina Abramović
Masterpiece Presents 2017 | Iván Navarro

MASTERPIECE AWARDS

Masterpiece Awards are awarded to those exhibits and stands that are judged to be outstanding - perhaps undiscovered, rare, provenanced, and of beauty.

The 2022 Masterpiece Award winners will be announced during the Fair.

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VIRTUAL TOUR

Experience Masterpiece London 2019 with our 360° tour.

THE MASTERPIECE TEAM

HARRY APTER

Founder

SIMON PHILLIPS

Founder

HARRY VAN DER HOORN

Founder

RUTH KENNEDY

Board Advisor

LUCIE KITCHENER

Managing Director

LAURA ARCHER

Head of Partnerships & Engagement

CRAIG BROWN

Fair Director

ALEX CHOCHOLKO

Exhibitor Relations Manager

ALEJANDRA LLAVONA

Marketing Coordinator

JOCELYN POULTON

Head of Vetting

Lulu Randall

Partnerships & VIP Engagement Coordinator

AMIE REDDING

Events & Operations Manager

MAX STIEGLER

Head of Marketing & Digital

LAN JIN

Financial Controller

MASTERPIECE EXHIBITOR COMMITTEE

The Masterpiece Exhibitor Committee is selected from exhibiting Masterpiece galleries. Their primary role is to advise and make recommendations
to the Organisation regarding new exhibitors as well as fair development.
 

 

SARAH BOURGHARDT

Hauser & Wirth

OLLIVIER CHENEL 

Galerie Chenel

ALESSANDRA DI CASTRO 

Alessandra di Castro

ANDREW DUNCANSON

Modernity

OSCAR GRAF

Oscar Graf

EDWARD HORSWELL

Sladmore Gallery

NICO LANDRIGAN

Verdura

Francis norton

S.J. Phillips

Peter Osborne

Osborne Samuel

ADRIAN SASSOON

Adrian Sassoon

EMMA WARD

Dickinson

vetting

Vetting is the expert appraisal of works of art and has been undertaken at Masterpiece since its first edition in 2010.

There are 27 individual vetting committees whose membership is taken from leading international specialists comprising scholars drawn from all areas of the art world including museum curators, conservators, auctioneers, dealers and gallerists.  And to ensure that the skills of vetting are passed down to future generations, Masterpiece has established a mentee scheme, where those new to vetting learn from the more experienced.

These specialists are called upon to use their knowledge, expertise and experience in the handling works of art, to review every exhibit at the Fair that falls within their area of expertise to ensure that exhibits are genuine works of art of the period they are represented to be and in their original form.  They base their judgement on the authenticity of the work of art.  They also seek clarity in the label which is required to show the correct attribution, provenance, references to condition and restoration, and where applicable, details relating to materials or placement in an edition, as well as certificates of authentication, catalogue raisonné numbers, exhibition or literature history.  At times, an exhibit may be requested to be either removed or relabelled.

Working alongside the vetting committees are the Art Loss Register and the Cranfield Forensic Institute.  The Art Loss Register (ALR) check exhibits against its database which is one of the world’s largest privately managed dataset of works of art, antiques and collectables that are reported as stolen, missing, looted, subject to a dispute or loan or with other issue. Any object found to be subject to a claim is removed from the Fair.  Cranfield Forensic Institute support the vetting committees with the interpretation of technical and scientific reports and analytics of substantiation of various materials and associated data.

Through the process of vetting, confidence is given to all who visit, whether museum curators, experienced collectors or those new to buying, and it is central to the ethos and integrity of the Fair.


VETTING PARTNERSHIPS

The Art Loss Register
Cranfield Forensic Institute

The opinion of the Masterpiece Vetting Committees is given to the best of their knowledge based on the information provided and no member of the Vetting Committee, nor Masterpiece London Ltd shall be liable for any direct or indirect loss.  Images of works of art contained in publicity material, including the Masterpiece website, or used on social media may not have been reviewed and are illustrative only.

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