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    This pair of matched Terrestrial and Celestial library globes is at the Butchoff Antiques stand at Masterpiece. (Click on image to enlarge).

    MASTERPIECE, now in its third year, is renowned for the rarity and quality of its pieces.  The fair, in a spectacular purpose built pavilion on the South Grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3 from June 28 June to July 4, has ably taken over from the venerable Grosvenor House Antique Fair, which came to an end in 2009.  Masterpiece’s stunning debut in 2010 more than compensated for this demise. It established itself in just one offering.  With about 160 exhibitors the focus this year is on art, antiques and design.

    New to Masterpiece London this year are New York dealers Sperone Westwater, Sebastian + Barquet, Siegelson, and Fred Leighton alongside Munich – based dealers Rudigier and Meissen specialist, Robbig. From Norway, the fair welcomes Kaare Berntsen with a stand devoted to Edvard Munch, including an extremely rare print of The Scream, and Hemmerle, also from Munich, add to the already strong jewellery offering with stunning contemporary pieces inspired by Ancient Egypt.

    Butchoff Antiques is showing an extraordinary pair of matched terrestrial and celestial library globes. The terraqueous globe by John Addison and G. and J. Cary is supported on a San Domingo mahogany stand. It was made in London c1840.  The c1845 celestial globe was made in London by Thomas Malby and Son.

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