Masterpiece London Awards

Outstanding Display of the Year Award


Adrian Sassoon, Stand B1

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Runner Up:

David Ghezelbash, Stand B11

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Steinitz, Stand C30

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Offer Waterman, Stand D1

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Symbolic & Chase, Stand C7

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Michele Beiny , Stand A35

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Work by a Living Artist:

M & L Fine Art, Stand A9


Masterpiece Awards 2017
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  • Outstanding Display Rewards excellence and innovation and demonstrates an imaginative approach to the design, display and lighting of the stand combined with superb works of art. There is one winner and one runner-up.
  • Exhibits of the Year Awarded to those exhibits that are judged to be outstanding – perhaps undiscovered, rare and provenanced, and of beauty - under the categories of: Object; Painting; Jewel; Furniture; Work by a Living Artist. There is one winner per category.
  • Masterpiece Highlights Our specialist vetting committees will each nominate the object that in their field they feel reflect scholarship, rarity, connoisseurship and is most representative of all that is best in their category. There are 27 Highlights.


  • Outstanding Display of the Year Award Winner: Adrian Sassoon, Stand B1
    “Imaginative placement and use of windows offering multiple viewpoints of what is an extremely considered design and presentation. A truly bravura juxtaposition of outstanding 18th century porcelain with contemporary works.”
  • Runner Up: David Ghezelbash, Stand B11
    “The combination of a large number of superb quality works in an elegantly understated and serene setting.”
  • Furniture Steinitz, Stand C30
    A Louis XV Vernis Martin Commode stamped by Jacques Dubois
    “With its superbly fluid design and the exceptional colour and condition of the blue Vernis Martin combined with superb gilt-bronze mounts this piece of furniture transcends its period. An object of great beauty.”
  • Painting Offer Waterman, Stand D1
    Sir Howard Hodgkin, Good Morning, 1994-98
    “The vibrant and dazzling colours emanate light. The use of impasto and the old frame combine to lend the work an immensely strong sculptural quality.”
  • Jewellery Symbolic & Chase, Stand C7
    “JAR: A coloured-sapphire and diamond brooch. technical tour-de-force of mesmerizing light-reflecting pave-set purple and pink sapphires, the outwardly simple fleur-de-lis design reminiscent in its form of an 18th century jewel..”
  • Object Michele Beiny , Stand A35
    Meissen pair of life-size Bittern modelled in 1735 by J.J. Kindler and commissioned by Augustus the Strong for the Japanese Palace in Dresden.
    “Their great rarity and provenance retaining their original colour, these are a technical tour de force of superb vibrant modelling.”
  • Work by a Living Artist: M & L Fine Art, Stand A9
    Enrico Castellani, Untitled (Superficie)
    “This rare early, 1961, Castellani is right at the beginning of the 'zero art movement’. A first class composition showing nails both in and out of the canvas in its original frame.”

Masterpiece Vetting Highlights 2016

  • Antiquities: Greek Inscription from Aphrodisias dedicated to Menander - David Ghezelbash Archeologie Paris, Stand B11
    “Selected because it is an exceptional inscription from Roman Aphrodisias where the quality of their inscriptions was renowned throughout the Mediterranean. This example is fine with beautifully carved lettering in a remarkable state of preservation. The quality and rarity of the inscription, combined with such a strong provenance have led the judging committee to note that it is representative of the calibre of works available at the fair.”
  • Arms & Armour: Stechzur Armour for the Tilt, German, c. 1490-95 - Peter Finer, Central Aisle
    “Selected for its extreme rarity, its fine form and exceptional provenance.”
  • Chimneypieces, Garden Sculpture and Natural History: Ronald Phillips, Stand D6
    “This is an extremely rare and highly important mid 18th century Chippendale period carved giltwood chimneypiece attributed to Matthias Lock, retaining the original white veined marble surround, flanked by C-scroll and leaf carving with floral pendants and female heads to the sides, and joined by a crosshatched shaped open cartouche with a carved hare amongst rushes below the shaped 19th century replaced mirror plate; with a profusely carved frame of columns, flowering trees, birds and waterfall decoration crested by a Chinaman’s head within a stylised sunburst, and having floral garlands on each side suspended from the beaks of two phoenixes in flight.”
  • Contemporary Art & Design: Giovanni Corvaja , Box, 2013 (GC70) - Adrian Sassoon, Stand B1
    “Selected for its exquisite craftsmanship, skillful execution, innovative technique and museum-quality.”
  • Continental Furniture & Works of Art: Portuguese Rosewood Commode - Galerie Steinitz , Stand C30
  • Chinese Ceramics, Furniture & Works of Art: A rare cast bronze Seated Figure of GInanyn, Chinese, late Ming Dynasty, 16th or 17th century - Asian Art in London, Priestly & Ferraro, Stand A30
    “Selected for its rarity, its classic pose and beautiful drapery, its aesthetic quality and spirituality.”
  • Clocks, Watches, Barometers & Scientific Instruments: Small travelling clock signed Smith & Gregg possibly made for the King of Spain - Anthony Woodburn, Stand B31
    "Selected for its highly unusual detail with cold enamel dial and features associated with the work of Thomas Mudge. The makers are closely connected to the Spanish royal court."
  • English Furniture & Works of Art Committee’s Choice: Tudor Panel from Goodwood - Thomas Coulborn & Sons, Stand C13
    “The panel stood out to the committee as “a piece of art in its own right.” This sample of English carving transcends mere woodwork, achieving the ranks of outstanding craftsmanship."
  • Ethnographica: Utap, Kalimantan Shield - Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh Gallery Stand A47
    “Chosen for its simplicity and rarity.”
  • European Ceramics: Bleu celeste punchbowl (10124), Vincennes - Adrian Sassoon. Stand B1
    "Selected as a remarkable discovery of a uniquely unrecorded form. It ‘astonished’ the committee."
  • Furniture, Applied Arts & Design – 20th Century: Long Case Clock designed by Jens Jacob, Bregno, Movement by Jens Olsen; Denmark 1927 - Modernity Stand B20
  • Glass: Glass Bowl no. 139, Mary Anne Zinsky - Michele Beiny Inc. Stand A35
    “This is an excellent example of the technique that Mary Ann ‘Toots’ Zinsky has perfected, of machine-drawn thin hot glass filaments, which are pressed, when cold, into personal colour combinations. Often compared with the textures of exotic birds, ‘Toots’ Zinsky’s work is hugely popular among museums and collectors. ”
  • Ethnographical, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art: Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh Gallery Stand A47
    “The Utap Kalimantan Shield is an extremely good example of early 20th century Indonesian art”
  • Faberge, Objets de Vertu Snuff Boxes Minature and Enamels: Leferre Frères gold Snuff Box with Miniatures, Paris about 1850 - Sandra Cronan , Stand D15
    “Selected as an exceptional and original example of 19th century craftmanship in the taste of the preceding century. This box also has a later British Royal connection.”
  • Indian & Islamic Ceramics, Furniture & Works of Art: A pair of lacquered panels, Qajar, 19th century - Amir Mohtashemi Ltd., Stand C5
    “This pair of Qajar 19th century lacquered panels is beautifully drawn with wonderful colour. The object is also in great condition, retaining the essence of its original colours.”
  • Japanese Ceramics, Furniture & Works of Art: A pair of cabinets with Japanese lacquer - Galerie Steinitz, Stand C30
    "Selected for their particularly fine high relief lacquer in exceptional condition which has survived over three centuries. Unusually rare."
  • Jewellery: Trabert Hoeffer Mauboussin - Hancocks , Stand C27
    “Selected as a stunning piece of jewellery. Its use of dynamic cuts form a sculptural and dramatic piece.”
  • Paintings, Waterclolours & Drawings - pre 1900: Landscape by Vanvitelli - Robilant + Voena Stand B2
    “Selected because it is an outstanding example of this important late 17th early 18th century painter, and in extraordinary condition."
  • Painting, Watercolour, Drawings & Sculpture - 20th Century: Barbara Hepworth, Menhirs, Teak Sculpture - Thomas Gibson, Stand C4
  • Photography: William Bradford, The Arctic Regions, 1873 - Peter Harrington, Stand D4
    “The American romanticist painter’s early art expedition in the Arctic is reflected in this rare volume which is illustrated by photographs taken by two Boston photographers, George Crichterson and John L. Dunmore. The book, published in London, survives in fine condition and captures the grandeur of this unspoiled region.”
  • Pre-Columbian Art: Eccentric: ceremonial sceptre represesenting a sovereign - Gallery Mermoz , Stand D22
    ”Selected for its rarity, quality of technique and finesse, and exceptional size. Unique.”
  • Primitive Paintings, Country & Oak Furniture, Folk Art & Treen: Robert Young Antiques, Stand C11
    “Fine Butcher’s Shop Diorama c.1840 is hand carved and painted wood and various media. It is in excellent condition and an excellent example of its type, which in itself is the epitome of folk art”
  • Prints, Maps, Books, Manuscripts & Philately: Grayson Perry, Map of Nowhere- etching from five plates on one sheet - Shapero Rare Books , Stand C3
    “Selected as an outstanding subject with commanding interest and “wall-power”.
    Notes: Prints are no secondary art form for Grayson Perry, they are considered, large-scale final pieces. A vocal advocate of therapy and analysis, in the Map of Nowhere Perry explores his own belief system; His opinions contend with those he finds crowding around him in wider society. The print’s grand proportions encompass the artist’s taste for niggling detail. Perry started the drawing in the top left-hand corner, and worked towards the bottom right-hand corner, without planning the in-between; instead ideas were allowed to emerge, leading from one to another, through the drawing process.”
  • Sculpture & Works of Art –Pre 1830: Brun Fine Art, Stand B42
    “Selected for its condition, quality, and rarity.”
  • Silver & Plate: German 16th century Tankard, c. 1570, depicting the planets (98389) - SJ Phillips, Stand D8
    “Exceptional condition and fine example of export embroidery.”
  • Textiles: “Red Flowerbed” circular rug, designed by Barbro Nilsson for MMF, c. 1947. - Modernity, Stand B20
    “Selected for its beauty, originality and rarity, together with the fact that the rug exemplifies design across the decorative arts.”

The Committee:

  • Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Chairman, Masterpiece London
  • Robin Anthony, Curator, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Patrick Kinmonth, Opera Director and Designer
  • Christopher Levett, Collector
  • Fatima Maleki, Collector
  • Susan Moore, Art Market Correspondent and Associate Editor, Apollo Magazine
  • Francis Sultana, Furniture and Interior Designer
  • Daniel Smith, JLT Specialty, sponsors of the Awards (observing only)