The success of the fair is due to several factors that other fairs have missed. The first thing that the inspired team behind Masterpiece appreciated was that people collect many things from old masters and heritage pieces suitable for a museum, to contemporary art. The second thing was not to cram stands into the space creating an overfill of desirable objects, but to create wide isles with thick pale gray carpet and glorious places to eat. From the deli experience with Mount Street Deli, to a full a la carte menu from the likes of The Ivy, Le Caprice, Scotts Seafood and Champagne Bar, they are all available at the Fair. The same rules apply you must book a table (booking line is 07900242604 or check the Masterpiece website for various packages incorporating dining). These are the very best of London restaurants so you could visit the fair and just spend the time in one of the restaurant watching the world go by.
Most importantly, they have turned the Fair into a social event. You can eat lovely food, lust over wonderful things, such as the incredible jewels on the Symbolic and Chase stand, and look at some very beautiful and chic people. Finally, everyone who exhibits at Masterpiece has been to a Charm School, they are all so nice and very happy to share with you knowledge… it really is a master class in collecting!
This year there will be a new large-scale dedicated exhibition space showcasing a specially commissioned installation by Iván Navarro, enhancing the Fair’s contemporary offering. The artwork Impenetrable Room, 2017, has been commissioned by New York based Paul Kasmin Gallery, who joins the Fair for the first time. [insert image]
It is always a treat to see what each exhibitor chooses to display. Last year LINLEY chose David Linley’s Girih cabinet, based on David’s travels to the Middle East, we can only imagine what sort of masterpiece they will have in store for us this year.Of course no trip to the fair is complete without a visit to see the jewellery stands. Sandra Cronan who has a cornucopia of fabulous jewels of the highest provenance and her knowledge is legendary.
We will be making a beeline to Rupert Wace Ancient Art who will be exhibiting a 4000-year-old Egyptian panel from the sarcophagus of Hathor-Hotep, one of the privileged few in Ancient Egypt to afford a decorated coffin.
Masterpiece has xx exhibitors and, in keeping with the philosophy that knowledge is power, has a whole series of lectures. We are looking forward to attending the weekend seminar in the Lecture Theatre lead by Joanna Hardy, the fine jewellery expert, who has taught me so much about collecting, on Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July. We will share the knowledge with a full report on Luxury Topping in July. We hope you enjoy the experience of the Fair.
Le Caprice and Ferrari image courtesy Masterpiece; Girih Treasure Chest Image courtesy LINLEY; An Art Deco diamond set bracelet by Drayson. The central plaque of geometric form detaches to be worn as a brooch. Mounted throughout in platinum. English, circa 1930 courtesy Sandra Cronan; Masterpiece exterior image courtesy Masterpiece.