Masterpiece Awards and Highlights

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

Outstanding Display
Rewards excellence and innovation that demonstrates an imaginative approach to the combination of design and superb works of art.

Outstanding Exhibit
Awarded to six works of art that are judged to be outstanding.

The Philip Hewat-Jaboor Award
Recognising an extraordinary and outstanding work of art that presents a new discovery or a rediscovery, or a fresh perspective at looking at something familiar.

Masterpiece Highlights
Our specialist vetting committees each have the opportunity to nominate the object that best reflects scholarship, rarity, and connoisseurship in their category.

The Committee:

Dr Thomas Marks, Chair of the Awards Committee – Associate Fellow of the Warburg Institute
Dr Xavier Bray, Director – The Wallace Collection
Nicolas Cattelain, Collector and Trustee of the Bard Graduate Centre
Jamie Drake, Drake/Anderson Design
Corrie Jackson, Royal Bank of Canada, Senior Curator
Andrew Jones, Collector
Douglas Mackie, Douglas Mackie Design
Dr Christina Makris, Collector and Author
Rebecca Salter, Artist and President of the Royal Academy of Arts
Emily Tobin, Journalist, Condé Nast – House & Garden/World of Interiors
Vivianne Ying, Collector


Outstanding Display:

Geoffrey Diner Gallery | Stand 203
A masterly display of modern design, with a fine feel for how post-war furniture makes its claim for museum display but also a sensitivity to domestic display – with witty visual connections between forms, materials and types of object.


Outstanding Exhibit:

Fileman Antiques | Stand 113
The Bronckhorst Castle Chandeliers – An exceptional pair of George II chandeliers with a striking cleanness of form and surprisingly fresh aesthetic.


Piano Nobile | Stand 204
Paula Rego (1935-2022), Island of the Lights from Pinocchio, 1996 – An outstanding drawing from a major series by one of the greatest and most original of all post-war artists.


Perrin Fine Art | Stand 311
Oscar Bergman (1879-1963), Swedish School, Edge of a Wood carpeted with flowers, 1925 – The awards committee was mesmerised by these enigmatic, gem-like watercolours of Swedish landscapes by an artist who clearly deserves to be far better known outside his homeland.


Adrian Sassoon | Stand 409
A soft-paste Vincennes porcelain Ewer, 1755, painted by Armand L’aîné and given in 1756 by Madame de Pompadour to the Elector of Cologne – An elegant porcelain ewer with beautiful bird paintings and a fascinating connection to Madame de Pompadour


E & H Manners | Stand 417
An English Delf Dish Brislington “The Alomode Dress, or The Maidens mode Admir’d”- A rare example of English pottery with a satirical subject – of immense historical interest but also immediately eye-catching, as though Grayson Perry had painted the dish at the start of the 18th century.


Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh | Stand 613
Two rare two-fold screens, one depicting the military headquarters map; the other the front of military formation, Japan Edo Period, 19th century – These beguiling maps are extremely unusual but the committee was drawn not only to their historical mystery but to the clarity of the design, reminiscent of concrete poetry but from a very different tradition.


The Philip Hewat-Jaboor Award:

Edward Hurst | Stand 404
A pair of George II Coade Stone Thrones, designed by Thomas Hope (1768-1831), produced by Coade in 1800 – Perfectly fitting to the theme of discovery, being recently discovered, important works. Particularly fitting for the award given Philip Hewat-Jaboor’s expertise and love of Thomas Hope.



Masterpiece Highlights:

Hatchwell Antiques | Stand 607
Model 15-pounder artillery piece with casson and accessories, French, 1870

Peter Harrington Rare Books | Stand 102
Emma: A Novel, Jane Austin (London, 1816)

Sladmore Gallery | Stand 107
Penelope Waiting, 1912, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (French, 1861-1929)

Fileman Antiques | Stand 113
The George IV Coronation Urn, Perin & Gedes, (England, c. 1920)

Michael Lipitch | Stand 117
Chinese Export ‘Huanghoali’ Pair of Carved Sidechairs (Made for the English Market, c. 1720)

Robert Young | Stand 118
Early Swell-bodied Lion Weathervane (English, c. 1760)

Jonathan Clark & Co | Stand 205
Still Life with Flowers – Music Room, 1932, Duncan Grant (1995-1978)

Koopman | Stand 211
The King of Hanover’s Shield of Achilles (London, 1823)

Koopman | Stand 211
French Tortoiseshell and Gold Pique Snuff Box (c. 1740)

Tobias Birch | Stand 222
Month-going Equation Regulator, Thomas Mudge (c. 1758)

David Aaron | Stand 316
Seated Figure of a Philosopher (Romano British, c. 43 – 410 AD)

Jackson | Stand 321
Wall Sconce, Pavo Tynell (1950)

E & H Manners | Stand 417
A Sèvres Plaque Jacquoto with a portrait after Holbein of Anne of Cleves, Marie-Victorie Jaquotot (1772-1855)

Simon Teakle | Stand 505
Antique Diamond Tiara (English, c. 1860)

Fine Minerals International | Stand 509
Tourmaline, Albite and Lepidolite (FM 08736)

Boccara | Stand 512
Lucrat Tapestry, Luna & Toro (c. 1940)

Elliot Davies | Stand 517
Terracotta Bust of Young Man, Attributed to Fabrizio Arigucci

Butchoff | Stand 523
The 1851 Great Exhibition Carved Armchair, Arthur Jones (1850)

Huxley Parlour | Stand 601
Green Projection, 1971, Sandra Blow (1925-2006)

Michael Hoppen | Stand 611
Sarah Moon, Fashion 4 (Yohji Hamamoto, Printed 2004)

Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh | Stand 613
U’u War Club, Marquesas Islands (18th Century)
 
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