Masterpiece London Art Fair 2019

Masterpiece London Art Fair 2019

The Masterpiece London Fair – The Best Art & Antique Fairs of Today


London 27 June to 3 July 2019
South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4LW

Frank Partridge Antiques - Stand A23. Masterpiece Fair 2019

Frank Partridge Antiques – Stand A23. Masterpiece Fair 2019

Masterpiece London Fair

These days we have so many art and antique fairs to choose from. However,  the Masterpiece London fair is, in our opinion, one of the most distinguished fairs today and perhaps the most visually seductive. Worldwide, Masterpiece London is known as a meeting place for collectors, dealers, and creatives.  

Anthony James 80" Icosahedron, 2019

Anthony James 80″ Icosahedron, 2019
Steel, Glass, LED lights – Opera Gallery at Masterpiece Fair 2019

The Masterpiece London fair has earned its reputation through an imaginative willingness to combine the best in contemporary art and design with masterpieces from the past regardless of their genre. Every year, Masterpiece London includes fine art from all over the world, as well as contemporary and antique furniture and even jewelry from 160 international exhibitors. The magic of this fair is founded upon the method of curating a highly unusual selection of art and artifacts. This approach blends the most cutting edge in concept, style and design with juxtapositions of antique beauty.  

An ‘After the Antique’ Marble Portrait Bust of Homer

An ‘After the Antique’ Marble Portrait Bust of Homer – Finch & Co – Masterpiece Fair 2019

Held in London, the art fair’s unique approach to curating exhibitors and carefully placing each dealer next to another means the entire experience is an aesthetic adventure. One encounters timeless antiques, modern masterpieces and of course contemporary blue-chip works all in the same space. The galleries showcase various mediums and genres allowing a multiplicity and beauty. Awards are given every year for outstanding display, outstanding exhibits and masterpiece highlight awards reserved for the most exceptional objects and artworks.

Zheng Lu, Water in Dripping- Chao, 2016

Zheng Lu, Water in Dripping- Chao, 2016
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Stand B17 Masterpiece Fair 2019

A few of last year’s standout pieces, shows, projects, and collections include amazing contemporary art. The key project was a special installation entitled ‘Five Stages of Maya Dance’ by renown contemporary artist Marina Abramović; in addition to work by contemporary artists Ibrahim El Salahi, Chiharu Shiota, and Rob & Nick Carter. Other highlights include contemporary jewelry by Cindy Chao, amazing antique Chippendale furniture, Hitomi Hosono’s collaboration with Wedgwood, antique Islamic art such as an extraordinary 17th century Safavid bowl from Iran, and a beautiful landscape by British Surrealist Edward Burra.

Certain areas of essential collecting are always represented at the fair and last year there were various modernist works by artists like Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Joan Miró and Marc Chagall. A bronze sculpture by Surrealist master Max Ernst also graced the fair and German Expressionist art by significant painters Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and August Macke were also on view.

Galerie Henze & Ketterer & Triebold - Basel

German Expressionism – Galerie Henze & Ketterer & Triebold – Basel

Masterpiece London Fair also dedicates a special portion of the fair to the best in historic British art and design including classic work by J.M.W. Turner, L.S. Lowry, and John Constable. As well, last year saw pieces by modern and post-war British artists, such as Eileen Agar, Duncan Grant, Barbara Hepworth, Bridget Riley and Graham Sutherland.

Grima - London - Masterpiece London Fair 2019 - Stand A4 - Incredible Flawless Amethyst Ring

Grima – London – Masterpiece London Fair 2019 – Stand A4 – Incredible Flawless Amethyst Ring

In 2018, we were particularly delighted by the juxtaposition of European Old Master sculpture alongside a contemporary sculpture by Johan Creten. In addition, the display of Alexander Calder’s unique Red Bull with American Modernist works by Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, and Arshile Gorky was just astounding. And as always, the crowd was delighted by the work of British sculptor Henry Moore epitomized in a black marble piece entitled Reclining Figure: Curved.

Rolleston Antiques - Fine English Furniture -Masterpiece Fair 2019 Stand A9

Rolleston Antiques – Fine English Furniture -Masterpiece Fair 2019 Stand A9

Of course, among our favourites was the display of beautiful 18th century Thomas Chippendale furniture, in beautiful Georgian, English Rococo and Neo-classical style all in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Chippendale’s birth. World-class collections of 18th Century Chippendale Furniture were exhibited by Apter Fredericks and Ronald Phillips. Indian and Islamic masterpieces were exhibited by Amir Mohtashami.

A New Approach to Collecting: Opulent Diversity 

The fair calls their approach “cross collecting” and presents conceptually driven installations, such as last year’s presentation from Les Enluminures and Daniel Crouch entitled ‘A Brief History of Time: From Matins to Mars’. This intriguing booth displayed maps, instruments, illuminated manuscripts and medieval and Renaissance jewelry.

Roman Intaglio Rings - Daniel Crouch Rare Books & Les Enluminures - Masterpiece Fair London - 2019

Roman Intaglio Rings – Daniel Crouch Rare Books & Les Enluminures – Masterpiece Fair London – 2019

Likewise, Hauser & Wirth’s ‘Wunderkammer’ (cabinet of curiosities) combined modern art by artists like Louise Bourgeois and Philip Guston in parallel with fine 18th and 19th-century furniture.

Perrin Fine Art - London - Paris - Masterpiece Fair London 2019 Stand B2

Perrin Fine Art – London – Paris – Masterpiece Fair London 2019 Stand B2

What we love at Nicholas Wells Antiques is the breadth of collecting possibilities at the fair. While many collectors may specialise in certain areas such as Asian arthistoric genre and landscape painting or antique furniture, Masterpiece Art Fair in many ways opens one’s eyes to the possibility of diversifying one’s collection and aesthetic. A wide range of price points allows both the novice collector and the more experienced or established collector to purchase exceptional work as well.  

This opulently diverse view is an approach Nicholas Wells shares too and we welcome any inquiries about optimizing your collection to include new areas of decorative artsfurniture, chandeliersfine arts, and collectibles. All of the inventory at Nicholas Wells is carefully curated, sourced and expresses our antique expertise, discerning taste, visual interest, and impeccable provenance.

Masterpiece London 2019 - Patrons Evening

Masterpiece London 2019 – Patrons Evening

The Masterpiece London Fair

London 27 June to 3 July 2019
South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London
Masterpiece London 2019 Tickets are available on their website.

Attributed to Michelangelo Maestri (Italian, d. 1812)

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