June is the time when London welcomes the marvellous fairs and exhibitions who will be setting up their stalls and selling an incredible range of antiques and contemporary art. Also, fuelled by the recent Conservative win at the UK General Election, the property developers are polishing up their show apartments ready for buyers who would love to own a small part of this magical city.
Luxury Topping has a foot in both camps and has watched both art and property rise in value. London is now the number one city in the world. Property companies both residential and commercial are basking in the glow of their contribution to making London a world-class city. The eye watering figures achieved for contemporary art have encouraged Nationwide to carry out a piece of research analysing the impact of the £116 million recently paid for Picasso’s Woman of Algiers, which showed price growth of 462% since 1997, whilst London property prices increased 334% over the same period. The secret is to spot the talent as it emerges, not only the up and coming areas in London but also the Damien Hurst of the future. London’s fairs and exhibitions are a good place to start your research.
The ones to watch started in May with Collect at the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square, where the Yufuku Collection displayed the innovative work of ceramists from Japan, including the work of Sachi Fujikake whose conceptual glass sculptures with voluptuous curvatures created a new spectrum of glass art for the 21st century. All the pieces had the red sold dots by midday.
David Linley designs modern furniture pieces which will be part of the Phillips contemporary furniture sales, if their owners can bear to part with such incredible examples of modern marquetry. Their summer party at the Chelsea Flower Show had guests falling in love with the craftsmanship of the future and the wonderful marquetry boxes. In years to come, when the prices reach stratospheric levels, we will all wish we had a bought a Linley box, chair or table.
Goldsmiths’ Fair launched its preview for the 2015 fair taking place in September. Kyosun Jung from South Korea, winner of numerous prizes and with work already on show in the Victoria and Albert Museum, will be exhibiting and selling her innovative reversible silver glass drinking sets. At Mappin & Webb’s flagship store from 29 June there will be a month long exhibition of 23 up and coming silversmiths in a celebration of innovation, craftsmanship and design.
The next big Fair is Masterpiece which is efficiently run by the charming and professional Chief Executive Nazy Vassegh. Masterpiece London returns for the sixth year as the main event at the heart of London’s summer arts season – taking place once again on the south grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 26 June to 2 July.
The fair brings fine art, antiques and applied arts together in the heart of Chelsea, presenting collections from curators, exhibitors and collectors from around the world. Like no other fair, Masterpiece presents a diverse range of objects offering over 3,000 years of art history from antiquity to contemporary. Over 150 carefully selected and highly respected galleries are represented and a committee formed of 26 independent specialists vet each item on show before the event opens.