- Posted on 23rd July 2012 by Nicola Holden
Just before heading up to Scotland I had a wonderful day out with a friend of mine, exploring the delights of the Masterpiece fair.
Masterpiece London, now in its third year, is one of the leading art and antiques fairs, full of an amazing variety of luxurious and distinctive design, be it cars, wine, contemporary design and exquisite jewellery as well as fine and decorative arts.
Masterpiece is no ordinary event, and definitely not somewhere if you’re shopping on a budget, but it is absolutely the place to go to acquire rare collectors’ items (such as ‘A Complete Map of the Everlasting Qing Empire’ dating from 1810, and one of only three in the world, with a price tag to match), or just to enjoy temptation on a grand scale!
As Masterpiece themselves state, ‘There is nowhere better than Masterpiece London to discover a rich and varied treasure trove.’, and they are so right!
Here is a brief snapshot of some of the eclectic mix of items that I lusted over on the day:
- Art Deco sycamore and rosewood dressing cabinet with shagreen covered doors, circa 1920 – Wick Antiques Ltd
- Bronze of Sitting Couple on Bench by Lynn Chadwick – Osborne Samuel
- A Chinese embroidered turquoise silk robe for a lady, for semi-formal wear, late 19th century – Jacqueline Simcox Ltd
- Necklace with Burmese cabochon rubies, diamonds and pearls by jeweller Viren Bhagat – http://www.symbolicchase.com/
- Trio of Vessels by Julie Blyfield – Adrian Sassoon
- Hope (red/violet) by Robert Indiana – Waterhouse and Dodd
- Chinese Lady in Red by Zhao Kailin (1961, China) – Tanya Baxter Contemporary
- Seaweed 2 by Mike & Doug Starn – Hackelbury Fine Art
- Louis XV rectangular gold mounted red lacquer box, decorated with oriental scenes, Paris 1750 – S.J.Phillips
- Leopard Staring, Masai Mara by Nick Brandt – Bernheimer Fine Art Photography
- Plum Blossom Cabinet – Based Upon
- Columbian 17th Century casket “Barniz de Pasto” with plant and animal motifs with silver mounts – AR-PAB
- Jumuwarnti by Lloyd Kwilla – JGM Art Ltd
- Scarred Dahomey Girl by Irving Penn – Hamiltons Galleries
- The Colander Table – An Illusion in Aluminium and Glass by Daniel Rohr – Peter Petrou
- Nest from an edition of 10 (+1 AP) welded half dollars (bird side up) & stainless steel by Johnny Swing – Sebastian + Barquet
Did you visit Masterpiece? What pieces do you like?
“Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.”
Image credits from respective companies.
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