If you only have time to visit one Fair this summer, make it Masterpiece, this premier Fair, held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea from 30th June to 6th July until 21.00pm each evening, is a treasure trove of art, antiques and design.
Visiting Masterpiece is really a voyage of discovery, a whirlwind trip through every period in art history. Everything is of the highest quality and yet it is diverse. On one stand you could see a bronze of the Falcon God Horus that symbolises good over evil from Egypt circa 664 to 525BC on the Harmakhis’s stand. A complete contrast would be the Red Straws by Francesca Pasquali on the Tornabuoni Art London stand A43. This is what makes Masterpiece so special.
I always leave jewellery to last and I shall be heading for my favourite stand, Sandra Cronan for a knowledgeable chat around the superb jewellery pieces the company will be exhibiting. In particular, the chance to see the Art Deco bracelet set with cabochon emeralds. My next step is over to Wallace Chan exhibition (their stand is far too special to be called a stand) to view the Damask Silk Necklace. This piece features a trillion-cut Pink Tourmaline, Fancy Colored Diamond, Pink Sapphire and White Agate and is worthy to be included in the Jewellery Room at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Masterpiece is special for the people you meet and the knowledge gained, I hope I have the opportunity to share a glass of champagne with Elena Shchukina who is so generous with her knowledge. The Lees place gallery is going from strength to strength and the current exhibition of a Japanese artist is a riot of summer colours.
Red Straws by Francesca Pasquali, Courtesy Tornabuoni Art; An Art Deco bracelet set with cabochon emeralds, diamonds and framed with calibre cut onyx, mounted in platinum, circa 1925, courtesy Sandra Cronan; Damask Silk Necklase by Wallace Chan, Courtesy Sutton PR; Elena Shchukina, Courtesy Gallery Elena Shchukina.