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    MASTERPIECE GETS UNDERWAY TODAY

    Thursday, June 29th, 2017

    Masterpiece, which has established itself as one of the world’s leading international fairs, gets underway in London today. It brings together 150 the world’s top gallerists and specialists. Masterpiece Presents, a new large-scale dedicated exhibition space which to transform the entrance, is launched this year. Boundaries are once again being stretched this year. The most contemporary work is a brand new immersive installation by Chilean artist Iván Navarro, known internationally for his socio-politically charged sculptures of neon, fluorescent and incandescent light. He represented Chile at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Navarro’s installation has been commissioned for the Fair by Paul Kasmin Gallery.  The fair continues until July 5.

    THE STUDIO: THE PAINTING OF A NUDE
    Walter Sickert AT PIANO NOBILE

    JUAN GRIS (1887 – 1927)- NATURE MORTE, 1916 AT DICKINSON

    A PAIR OF 3-LIGHT CANDELABRA WITH FIGURES OF BACCHANTES AND PUTTI AFTER CLAUDE I BALLIN (1615-1678) AND NICOLAS DELAUNAY (1646-1727), MASTER IN 1672 AND « DIRECTEUR DE LA MONNAIE DES MÉDAILLES » IN 1696 AT STEINITZ

    A SERIES OF ANTHROPOMORPHIC STILL-LIFE PAINTINGS OF THE SEASONS
    Giovanni Paolo Castelli, called lo Spadino at Colnaghi

    MASTERPIECE CONTINUES TO DRAW THE CROWDS

    Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

    Masterpiece continues to draw the crowds in London.  Over 5,000 guests attended on the first public day and daily numbers are continuing at close to this level. The premier fair reflects at a very high level the cross collecting taste that is now so fashionable. At Masterpiece you can take your pick.  There is everything from a monumental fragment of a standing male statute leg and feet at Axel Vervoodt and the Louis XIV walnut Os de Mouton sofa at Rose Uniacke to the 1966 Rhthme Couleur by Sonia Delaunay at Helene Bailly Gallery and Graham Sutherland’s Study of Sir Winston Churchill from 1954 at Christopher Kingzett. This is a rare preparatory sketch for a portrait that was considered so unflattering that it was destroyed.  Royal Bank of Canada continues as the principal sponsor of Masterpiece.  Exhibitors continue to report sales across a wide range of disciplines.  Masterpiece continues until July 6.

     Monumental fragment from a standing male statue Leg and Feet on base Roman 2nd century A.D. Courtesy Axel Vervoodt

    Monumental fragment from a standing male statue Leg and Feet on base Roman 2nd century A.D. Courtesy Axel Vervoodt

    Sonia Delaunay Rythme Couleur 1966 Courtesy Hélène Bailly Gallery

    Sonia Delaunay Rythme Couleur 1966 Courtesy Hélène Bailly Gallery

    The Louis XIV Walnut ‘Os de Mouton’ Sofa France c1730  Courtesy Rose Uniacke

    The Louis XIV Walnut ‘Os de Mouton’ Sofa France c1730 Courtesy Rose Uniacke

    Graham Sutherland Study of Sir Winston Churchill  1954  Courtesy Christopher Kingzett at Masterpiece, London.

    Graham Sutherland Study of Sir Winston Churchill 1954 Courtesy Christopher Kingzett at Masterpiece, London.

    THE WARWICK VASE FROM HADRIAN’S VILLA AT MASTERPIECE

    Friday, July 1st, 2016
    The monumental Warwick Vase.

    The monumental Warwick Vase.

    The massive mid 19th century Warwick Vase is a highlight at Anthony Outred’s stand at Masterpiece, which runs until next Wednesday at the Royal Hospital at Chelsea in London. It is of ancient Roman origin and Bacchic inspiration and was discovered in fragments at Hadrian’s Villa in 1771 by Gavin Hamilton. It was restored to Piranesi’s designs by Sir William Hamilton and passed to his nephew George Greville, Second Earl of Warwick. It now resides in Glasgow as part of the Burrell Collection.

    England is represented on the stand by a pair of panoramic views of Westminster that span 300 years.  One shows the buildings of 1895, the other is based on engravings from the time of Henry VIII.  They are based on aerial studies and engravings by English artists William Brewer and William Lionel Wyllie executed from a balloon 1,400 up.  They were published in May 1884 in the weekly illustrated magazine The Graphic.

    Westminster in the late 19th century

    Westminster in the late 19th century

    A view of Westminster c1584.

    A view of Westminster c1584.

    AN ITALIAN FIREPLACE FROM IRELAND IN ENGLAND

    Thursday, June 30th, 2016

    A c1790 Italian chimney piece from a collection in Ireland was one of a number of Irish pieces spotted at Masterpiece, the pre-eminent London fair now running at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. At the stand of leading London dealer Ronald Phillips, where it is priced at a cool £850,000, the chimney piece is thought to have been commissioned by the Earl Bishop of Derry.  There are rosso antico plaques and micro-mosaic panels.  The last time such a fireplace came up at auction, at Sotheby’s around five years ago, it sold for £550,000.

    The bucket to the right of the chimney piece is one of a pair c1800 of Irish log buckets with brass handles and later brass liners.  They are unusually tall and priced at £205,000.

    More than 8,000 guests attended the opening day preview yesterday.  Many exhibitors reported robust sales.

    ONE OF A PAIR OF IRISH LOG BUCKETS

    ONE OF A PAIR OF IRISH LOG BUCKETS

    The c1790 Italian chimney piece from a private Irish collection.

    The c1790 Italian chimney piece from a private Irish collection.

    20th CENTURY ITALIAN ARTISTS FROM TORNABUONI ART AT MASTERPIECE

    Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
    Aligheiro Boetti - Mappa 1984

    Aligheiro Boetti – Mappa 1984

    Making its first appearance at Masterpiece – which previews in London tomorrow and runs from June 30 to July 6 – Tornabuoni Art will present a selection of work by modern and contemporary artists.  From Giorgio De Chirico’s early surrealist paintings to Turi Simeti’s latest works, the booth will reflect the 20th century Italian artistic panorama.

    Artists on show will include Alberto Biasi, Alighiero Boetti, Agostino Bonalumi, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Giorgio De Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Marino Marini, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Paolo Scheggi and Turi Simeti.  Here is a selection:

    Arnaldo Pomodoro - Cuneo con Frecce 2006

    Arnaldo Pomodoro – Cuneo con Frecce 2006

    Francesca Pasquali, Red Strawl 2016

    Francesca Pasquali, Red Strawl 2016

    ALBERTO BURRI - AI 1953

    ALBERTO BURRI – AI 1953

    SOME IRISH TREASURES AT MASTERPIECE IN LONDON

    Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

    THERE is Irish treasure to be found at Masterpiece in London.  As well as the Picasso’s, Turner’s and Lowry’s in abundance, the Chippendale pieces, the rarest of timepieces, the Sevres, bronzes and antiquities worth millions, the sixth  edition of this prestigious fair offers a selection of antique Irish furniture, art, collectibles and silver to discriminating collectors with deep pockets.  Masterpiece previews today at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. Apter Fredericks are displaying the Leinster House cabinets in their current spring catalogue, priced at £325,000 (see post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 3). A first 1922 edition of Ulysses is priced at £250,000 at Peter Harrington.  Signed by James Joyce it is from the first hundred copies printed which are always the most valuable.  The Earl of Drogheda’s silver epergne centerpiece by Robert Calderwood is priced at £85,000 at Koopman Rare Art. Philip Mould has a recently discovered works by Sir John Lavery at £275,000. A thick varnish was removed and the artist had painted out his own signature when he returned at a later date to enhance it. It has now been authenticated.  Masterpiece continues until July 1.  Here are some Irish pieces in the fair:

    Lady Lavery on Horseback - a recently discovered work by Sir John Lavery at Philip Mould priced £275,000.

    Lady Lavery on Horseback – a recently discovered work by Sir John Lavery at Philip Mould priced £275,000. Copyright Philip Mould and Company.

    The Earl of Drogheda's silver eperge by Robert Calderwood at Koopman Rare Art (£85,000).

    The Earl of Drogheda’s silver eperge by Robert Calderwood at Koopman Rare Art (£85,000).

    A c1745 Irish side table at Rolleston (£90,000).

    A c1745 Irish side table at Rolleston (£90,000).

    An Irish George II side table at Frank Patridge (£65,000).

    An Irish George II tea table or silver table at Frank Patridge (£65,000).

    A George II Irish side table at Apter Fredericks (£225,000).

    A George II Irish side table at Apter Fredericks (£225,000).

    An Irish George II oval mirror chandelier at Ronald Phillips.

    An Irish George II oval mirror chandelier at Ronald Phillips.

    MASTERPIECE FAIR PREVIEWS IN LONDON TODAY

    Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

    The range at Masterpiece which opens in London today – from the Hongs of Canton in 1772 to Maverick House, Boston in 1837 to Crowther Street in Stockport in 1964 – is vast.  Among many highlights is an uncatalogued work by Claude Monet at Richard Green; one of the large known fancy vivid yellow diamonds weighing over 114 carats by Symbolic and Chase; a 45 metre tall painting by Robert Delaunay whose wife Sonia is the focus of a retrospective now on at Tate Modern and The Fibonacci – the 600,000th piano by Steinway and Sons, who are Fair Partners.  Masterpiece runs from June 25 to July 1 at The Royal Hospital in Chelsea, with a preview day on June 24.  Here are some masterpieces:

    Robert Salmon, Maverick House, Boston, Illuminated on 13th November 1837 in Honour of the Whig Victories in New York at John Mitchell

    Robert Salmon, Maverick House, Boston, Illuminated on 13th November 1837 in Honour of the Whig Victories in New York at John Mitchell

    he Hongs of Canton, c1772. An exceptionally large panoramic scroll, gouache on silk laid on paper, 91.5x276cm. at Martyn Gregory

    The Hongs of Canton, c1772. An exceptionally large panoramic scroll, gouache on silk laid on paper, 91.5x276cm. at Martyn Gregory

    Laurence Stephen Lowry, Crowther Street Stockport, 1964, Oil on Canvas. Courtesy of Richard Green.

    Laurence Stephen Lowry, Crowther Street Stockport, 1964, Oil on Canvas. Courtesy of Richard Green.

     

     

     

     

     

    MASTERPIECE FAIR GENERATES GLOBAL INTEREST

    Saturday, May 30th, 2015

    The 6th edition of Masterpiece, the international cross collecting fair for art, antiques and design, takes place at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London from June 25 to July 1 with a preview on June 24. The fair offers museum quality works with superb provenance from 150 galleries worldwide.

    Last year the art market generated over half a billion pounds worth of art sales during the week of Masterpiece. This success 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. The Royal Bank of Canada is principal sponsor  and in 2015 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.  Here is a small selection from this years offerings:

    Laurence Stephen Lowry, Crowther Street Stockport, 1964, Oil on Canvas. Courtesy of Richard Green.

    Laurence Stephen Lowry, Crowther Street Stockport, 1964, Oil on Canvas. Courtesy of Richard Green.

    The Medici Tompion, circa 1969, ebony and gilt brass mounted Grande Sonnerie table clock, presented by William III as a gift to Cosimo de Medici, £4,500,000 courtesy of Carter Marsh & Co.

    The Medici Tompion, circa 1969, ebony and gilt brass mounted Grande Sonnerie table clock, presented by William III as a gift to Cosimo de Medici, £4,500,000 courtesy of Carter Marsh & Co.

    Blue and White Bottle with the Arms of Castile and Leon China—Ming dynasty, Wanli period (1573-1620) at Jorge Welsh

    Blue and White Bottle with the Arms of Castile and Leon China—Ming dynasty, Wanli period (1573-1620) at Jorge Welsh

    Antonio Joli, A View of Naples from the Bay, circa 1740 at Robilant + Voena

    Antonio Joli, A View of Naples from the Bay, circa 1740 at Robilant + Voena

    A Rare Anglo-Indian Polychrome, Decorated Drum Table Top, c. 1880, Courtesy of Apter-Fredericks.

    A Rare Anglo-Indian Polychrome, Decorated Drum Table Top, c. 1880, Courtesy of Apter-Fredericks.

    A George II Carved Side table Attributed to William Linnell The Design Possibly by John Linnell, Courtesy of Apter-Fredericks.

    A George II Carved Side table Attributed to William Linnell The Design Possibly by John Linnell, Courtesy of Apter-Fredericks.

    19th Century Secretaire a Abattant by Maison Rogie of Paris, after the original in the Wallace Collection, made in 1777 by Pierre-Antoine Foullet at Butchoff Antiques.

    19th Century Secretaire a Abattant by Maison Rogie of Paris, after the original in the Wallace Collection, made in 1777 by Pierre-Antoine Foullet at Butchoff Antiques.

    MAGNIFICENT IRISH PIECES AT MASTERPIECE LONDON FAIR

    Thursday, June 30th, 2011

    THE discriminating (and wealthy) collector can acquire anything from a World War II Spitfire fighter plane to the fourth bible ever printed at the Masterpiece London Fair.  Collectors of Irish pieces have plenty to choose from.  Masterpiece is at the South Grounds, Royal Hospital, Chelsea until July 5.

    Masterpiece was launched in 2010 to fill the gap left by the Grosvenor House Fair. It is a showcase for top quality antiques, art and luxury goods.  The World War II Spitfire, the only surviving fighter used by the RAF in World War II, is a cool £8 million, the bible from 1462 a mere £1 million.

    The eye of antiquesandartireland.com landed on some great rarities.  Here is a selection.

    This George II giltwood mirror c1750 by John Booker of Dublin is distinguished by its scale. It measures eight feet by fifty five and a quarter inches. The asking price? £320,000.

    The wonderful patina of this mid 18th century Irish hunt table shows all the signs of centuries of use. It is 79 inches long and asking £38,000.