‘The Empress Eugenie Pearls’ - a pair of natural grey pearl earrings. Courtesy of Siegelson (USA).
LONDON - Masterpiece London, the summer’s leading international cross-collecting fair for art, antiques and design, will take place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 25 June – 1 July 2015 (Preview on 24 June). Supported by Principal Sponsor, the Royal Bank of Canada, the Fair sits at the heart of the capital’s busy summer art and auction season. Last year, the art market generated over half a billion pounds worth of art sales during the week of Masterpiece, and the Fair is delighted to support and promote this culturally significant time for London and the United Kingdom.
Visitors can look forward to what they have come to expect from Masterpiece London – a fair which offers for sale museum-quality works with superb provenance from over 150 galleries worldwide and provides an unparalleled opportunity to buy or admire the best pieces available across every discipline in the art market. Showcasing works that span over 4,000 years of art history, from antiquity to the present day, the Fair is a unique event that provides something of interest for every visitor.
Drawing collectors and museum curators from around the world, Masterpiece has established itself as an important annual meeting place. The success of the Fair can, in part, be attributed to the groundswell of interest and purchases from world-renowned institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Rijksmuseum, MoMA, British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, The Getty and Tate, to name a few. In addition, this year the Fair welcomes the Wallace Collection, the National Portrait Gallery, The Courtauld Institute of Art and Sir John Soane’s Museum as its official Cultural Partners.
Nazy Vassegh, Chief Executive of Masterpiece said, “The 8 days when Masterpiece takes place is the epicentre of the art season in London. After just five years Masterpiece is now firmly regarded as both a leading international art fair and a welcome addition to the summer season in London. We are particularly delighted by the exhibitors and partners that will join us for the 2015 edition.”
New for 2015, Masterpiece London welcomes significant additions to the Fair’s already prestigious line-up: Richard Green (UK), Didier Aaron (UK; France; USA), David Gill Gallery (UK), Kraemer Gallery (France), Mazzoleni (UK), Jacques de la Béraudière (Switzerland), Van Cleef & Arpels (France), 88-Gallery (Hong Kong; France), Burzio (Italy), Galerie Marcilhac (France), John Martin Gallery (UK), Stanley Gibbons (UK), Nukaga Gallery (Japan; UK) and Nilufar (Italy). The addition of these exhibitors further cements Masterpiece London’s position as a leading cross-collecting Fair.
Exhibitors are increasingly choosing Masterpiece as the event from which to showcase innovative new designs, specially commissioned contemporary works, masterpieces, new discoveries and works of immaculate provenance. 2015 is no different – New York based jewellery dealer Siegelson (USA) will offer for sale an exquisite pair of earrings containing pearls which belonged to the last Empress of France, Eugenie de Montijo. A portrait of the Empress hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in which she can be seen wearing these pearls. Long-Sharp Gallery (USA) will display a rare and never before seen work by Andy Warhol, entitled ‘The Socialite’ of the attorney Olga Berde Mahl. This work was used by Warhol to purchase his Watts Street studio, which he worked in until his death.
Unseen Work by Andy Warhol, 'The Socialite’, 1986-1987. 40 x 40 inches. Courtesy Long-Sharp Gallery (USA).
Masterpiece London has been referred to as “an international art fair with a British accent”. This year there will be an exceptional array of important British works offered for sale – Richard Green (UK) will offer a superb collection of 13 works by Laurence Stephen Lowry. In addition, Offer Waterman & Co (UK) will offer works by Barbara Hepworth, timed to coincide with the opening of the solo show at Tate Britain, alongside a monumental feminine form by William Turnbull, which will be presented in one of the public spaces within the Fair. Thomas Gibson Fine Art (UK) will offer the exceptional ‘Sighs from Hell’ by R. B. Kitaj, a skilled draughtsman who draws comparisons with Degas, which comes from the esteemed Bergman collection in Chicago, Lowell Libson Ltd (UK) will offer a great late watercolour by J.M.W. Turner, ‘A view over the val d’Aosta’, painted in 1836, while Piano Nobile (UK) will offer works from 20th century British artists, including ‘The Grey Shawl’ by William Nicholson, , which comes from the private collection at Harewood House, and 'KA IV', by Bridget Riley, created in 1980.
Laurence Stephen Lowry, "At The Seaside". Signed and dated lower right: L.S. Lowry 1957; inscribed AT THE SEASIDE on the overlap Oil on canvas: 20 x 24 in / 50.8 x 61 cm Framed size: 26 ¼ x 30 ¼ in / 66.7 x 76.8 cm. Courtesy of Richard Green (UK).
R. B. Kitaj, ‘Sighs from Hell’, 1979. Courtesy of Thomas Gibson Fine Art (UK).
Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949), "The Grey Shawl", 1910. Signed 'William Nicholson 1910', oil on canvas, 91.4 x 71.1 cm, 36 x 28 in. Courtesy of Piano Nobile (UK).
Bridget Riley (b. 1931), "KA IV", 1980. Signed and inscribed on reverse. Oil on linen, 78 x 68. Courtesy of Piano Nobile (UK).
Important British works will also include ‘The Tom Scott Collection of Clocks’ offered for sale by Carter Marsh & Co (UK), which is the finest private collection of clocks to come onto the market in living memory and includes the 1696 ‘Medici Tompion’. British furniture highlights include a diverse selection of antique tables, such as a George II carved side table attributed to William Linnell, a magnificent table with a rectangular Medicis Breccia marble top, to be offered by Apter-Fredericks (UK).
The Prestige Tompion no.285. Courtesy of Carter Marsh & Co (UK)
A George II carved mahogany side table attributed to William Linnell. Courtesy of Apter-Fredericks (UK).
Other highlights include a Louis-Alexandre Bellangé desk, created in a Renaissance style c.1840 in Paris, with ebony and tortoiseshell inlay on an oak structure, mahogany drawers and gilt bronze mounts, presented by Didier Aaron (UK; France; USA). The Hinton House Strong Box, a rare William and Mary brass bound ebonised strong box on a giltwood stand, created c. 1690, will be presented by Ronald Phillips (UK), while Rolleston (UK) will present an exceptional Charles II olive oyster-veneered and floral marquetry cabinet. Rose Uniacke (UK) will present one of the only beds to have ever been exhibited at the Fair – attributed to R. W. Winfield, this is an eye-catching silvered pressed metal and parcel gilt four poster bed, created c.1860.
A Charles II olive oyster-veneered and floral marquetry cabinet-on-stand, English, circa 1685. Width: 48¼” 123 cm Depth: 21½” 55 cm Height: 63¾” 162 cm. Courtesy of Ronald Phillips (UK)
From the 20th century, Geoffrey Diner Gallery (USA) will present two iconic Tiffany Studios lamps, one depicting the peony and the other wisteria, and a Gerald Summers armchair constructed from a single piece of bent plywood, which is also the first chair to be formed in a mould, will be presented by Peter Petrou (UK).
Tiffany Studios Lamp: An important “Peony” shade on rare Tiffany ball base, bronze and glass, based tiffany studios new york, c. 1905. Shade impressed tiffany studios new york 1505-37. Shade diameter 22.75 in. (57.8 cm). Courtesy of Geoffrey Diner Gallery (USA)
Masterpiece has long heralded the discipline of design and designer-makers as central to the Fair. This year an already strong line-up of design specialist galleries will be bolstered by theaddition of David Gill Gallery (UK), who will offer some ground-breaking works by Mattia Bonetti, as well as pieces from Zaha Hadid, and the return of design studio Based Upon (UK),who will showcase the breadth of their capabilities and in particular their innovative material‘tramazite’. 88-Gallery (Hong Kong) will offer important and vibrant works by Kam Tim, and Carpenters Workshop Gallery (France; UK) will offer a body of work by Ingrid Donat. Britishdesign house Linley (UK) will unveil 'LIGHTSCAPE' a collection of three pieces that celebrate thechanging light in the city and how it transforms architecture.
Mattia Bonetti, Console ‘Venetian’, 2012. Scagliola, bronze, polished. L228 x D75 x H83 cm / L89.8 x D29.5 x H32.7 in. Editions David Gill, limited to 3 + 1AP + 1P. Courtesy of David Gill Gallery (UK).
Mattia Bonetti, Chandelier ‘Opera’, 2014. Bronze, crystal. H115 x Diam. 34 cm / H45.3 Diam. 13.4 in. Editions David Gill, limited to 8 + 2P + 2AP. Courtesy of David Gill Gallery (UK).
Mattia Bonetti, Sofa ‘Shield’, 2014. Gilded carved wood, mohair. L240 x D100 x H90cm / L94.5 x D39.4 x H35.4 in. Editions David Gill, Limited to 12 + 2P + 2AP. Courtesy of David Gill Gallery (UK).
Mattia Bonetti, Table Lamp ‘Incroyables’, 2012. Bronze, silver plated, black patination. H73 x Diam. 43 cm / H28.7 x Diam 16.9 in .Editions David Gill, limited to 30 + 2P + 2AP. Courtesy of David Gill Gallery (UK).
Mattia Bonetti, Standard Lamp ‘Grotto’, 2014. Bronze, silk shade H185 x Diam. 45 cm / 72.8 x Diam 17.7 in. Editions David Gill. Courtesy of David Gill Gallery (UK).
Mattia Bonetti, Side Table ‘Grotto’, 2014. Patinated bronze. H66 x Diam. 69 cm / H26 x Diam. 27.2 in. Editions David Gill. Courtesy of David Gill Gallery (UK).
Mattia Bonetti, Firedogs ‘Flames Japan’, 2012. Polished bronze, black patinated stands. L25 x D57 x H43 cmL9.8 x D22.4 x H16.9 in. Editions David Gill. Courtesy of David Gill Gallery (UK).
Mattia Bonetti, Dining Table ‘Atlantis’, 2014. Bronze, marble. L320 x W130 x H75 cm / L126 x W51.2 x H29.5 in. Editions David Gill Limited to 8 + 2P + 2AP. Courtesy of David Gill Gallery (UK).
Zaha Hadid, Stool ‘Liquid Glacial’, 2015. Acrylic. L78 x D68 x H45 cm / L30.7 x D26.8 x H17.7 in. Editions David Gill, limited to 48 + 4P + 4AP. Courtesy of David Gill Gallery (UK).
"The Birth of Tramazite", 2015, 1500mm x 1500mm x 25mm. Tramazite, aluminium honeycomb & bronze. Courtesy of Based Upon (UK).
Enfilade en Turquoise, by Kam Tin, 2013, 151 x 67 x 50 cm. Courtesy of 88-Gallery (Hong Kong).
Ingrid Donat, "Banc Tribal", 2014. Bronze, leather. H34.5 L111 W39 CM / H13.6 L43.7 W15.3 IN. Limited edition of 8 + 4 AP. Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery (France; UK).
Ingrid Donat, "Art Book Console", 2011. Bronze, parchment. H80 L168 W38 CM / H31.5 L66.1 W15 IN. Limited edition of 8 + 4 AP. Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery (France; UK).
Ingrid Donat, "Commode aux 5 engrenages (grande modèle)", 2013. Bronze. H90 L160 W48 CM / H35.4 L63 W18.8 IN. Limited edition of 8 + 4 AP. Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery (France; UK).
Returning for the sixth edition are a selection of internationally celebrated galleries including A.Pallesi Art Gallery (Monaco), A La Vieille Russie (USA), Adrian Sassoon (UK), Aktis Gallery (UK), Alessandra di Castro (Italy), Amir Mohtashemi (UK), Apter-Fredericks (UK), Ariadne Galleries (USA), Berko Fine Paintings (Belgium), Blain|Southern (UK), Bottegantica (Italy), Carolle Thibaut Pomerantz (France), Charles Ede (UK), Carpenters Workshop Gallery (France; UK), Collisart, LLC (USA), Crane Kalman Gallery (UK), De Backker Medieval Art (Belgium), Dickinson (UK; USA), Edward Hurst (UK), Elle Shushan (USA), Fitzgerald Fine Arts (USA), Fred Leighton (USA), Galerie Chenel (France), Godson & Coles (UK), Genrokuart (Italy), Geoffrey Diner Gallery (USA), Hancocks (UK), Hemmerle (Germany), Hirschl & Adler (USA), James Harvey British & Sporting Art (UK), Jorge Welsh Oriental Porcelain & Works of Art (UK; Portugal), Koopman Rare Art (UK), Les Enluminures (France; USA), Lowell Libson Ltd (UK), Mallett (UK), MacConnal – Mason Gallery (UK), Matteo Lampertico (Italy), Michele Beiny (USA), Offer Waterman & Co (UK), Osborne Samuel Gallery (UK), Peter Harrington (UK), Robert Young Antiques (UK), Robilant + Voena (UK), Ronald Phillips Ltd. (UK), Rose Uniacke (UK), Rupert Wace Ancient Art (UK), S.J. Phillips Limited (UK), Siegelson (USA), Steinitz (France), Symbolic & Chase (UK), The Fine Art Society (UK), The Sladmore Gallery (UK), Thomas Gibson Fine Art (UK), Tomasso Brothers Fine Art (UK), Vanderven (The Netherlands), Véronique Bamps (Monaco), Wartski (UK), Whitford Fine Art (UK), and William Weston Gallery (UK).
Tickets can be purchased online at www.masterpiecefair.com