Masterpiece London 2016 – Preview

Masterpiece London 2016, The Bull Ring Gate Entrance, South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3, 30thJune – 6th July 2016

Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece with J.F. Courville, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the RBC Wealth Management 2015 Courtesy Masterpiece London

Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece with J.F. Courville, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the RBC Wealth Management
2015
Courtesy Masterpiece London

Now in its 7th edition one can easily understand why Masterpiece has become a magnet for collectors and museum curators from around the world.  There is a great emphasis on quality and connoisseurship and the pieces on show reflect more than five thousand years of art history – and yes they are for sale.

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015 Courtesy Masterpiece London

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015
Courtesy Masterpiece London

Masterpiece’s chief executive Nazy Vassegh says: ‘I am delighted to announce so many exciting additions to this year’s fair. Masterpiece 2016 will have unrivalled depth and quality, and I am pleased that Masterpiece continues to strengthen every edition. We are looking forward to another great year.’

It truly is a must visit fair and allow yourself plenty of time because there are so many exciting things to see and tempt. Like me you may well want visit more than once.

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015 Courtesy Masterpiece London

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015
Courtesy Masterpiece London

Over the coming days I will post varied selections of what is on show.

 

http://www.masterpiecefair.com

MASTERPIECE LONDON 2015 OPENS TOMORROW

MASTERPIECE LONDON 2015, South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3, 25th June – 1st July 2015

 

Outside On the Red Carpet Masterpiece 2014.  Photo credit Rory Lindsay

Outside On the Red Carpet Masterpiece 2014.
Photo credit Rory Lindsay

There is little doubt that Masterpiece London is a very special fair with objects spanning over 4, 000 years being shown by some 150 galleries. It is a magnet for both collectors and museums round the world and a place to see some outstanding treasures.

As its Chief Executive Nazy Vassegh explains, “The 8 days when Masterpiece takes place is the epicentre of the art season in London. After just five years Masterpiece is now firmly regarded as both a leading international art fair and a welcome addition to the summer season in London. We are particularly delighted by the exhibitors and partners that will join us for the 2015 edition.”

I do hope that many of you will be able to visit this exciting Fair and over the coming days I shall share some of the objects you may find there.

Interior shot of Masterpiece 2014

Interior shot of Masterpiece 2014

 

 Open to the public:

Thursday 25 June & Friday 26 June, 11.00–21.00

Saturday 27 June & Sunday 28 June, 11.00–19.00

Monday 29 June 11.00–21.00

Tuesday 30 June 11.00–18.00 (Followed by The Art Gala at Masterpiece in aid of the NSPCC from 19.00)

Wednesday 1 July, 11.00–21.00

 

2015 Ticket Prices:

 

General Admission Full Access: £42 per person (unlimited entry into the Fair on all Public Days between 25 June and 1 July)

General Admission: £25 per person (single day access)

Student Concession Ticket: £18 per person (with valid student ID)

Under 18s: Free

Phillip King sculpture at Masterpiece 2014.  Photo credit Rory Lindsay photography

Phillip King sculpture at Masterpiece 2014.
Photo credit Rory Lindsay photography

 

http://www.masterpiecefair.com.

Trinity House: ICONS & IMPRESSIONISM

Russian Icons: Spirit and Beauty, Jan Morsink Ikonen at Trinity House, 50 Maddox Street, London W1, Saturday 22 November to Thursday 27 November 2014.

Annunciation, Russia, Stroganov, circa 1600, 31 x 26.5 cm ©

Annunciation, Russia, Stroganov, circa 1600, 31 x 26.5 cm
©

This is the second time that the Amsterdam-based icon experts Jan Morsink Ikonen will exhibit in London – regular readers may recall that I wrote about them last year.

Simon Morsink explains that for this year’s show, which is part of Russian Art Week, they “are showing excellent examples of the various schools’ high quality painting reflecting the deep spirituality and beauty of Russian and Greek orthodox art.”

Madre della Consolazione Veneto-Cretan, early 16th century, 26 x 20.5 cm ©

Madre della Consolazione Veneto-Cretan, early 16th century, 26 x 20.5 cm
©

Among the highlights is a rare pair of Russian Royal Doors, dating from the first half of the 17th century and from the Volga Region. These doors are the central two panels of an iconostasis, the screen between the nave and sanctuary. They are called ‘Royal’ because during the celebration of the liturgy it is believed that Jesus Christ, the King of Glory is carried through them in the form of the chalice with the body and blood of Christ. The Gospel is also proclaimed from them.

Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday: 2 pm – 6 pm, Monday to Thursday: 11 am – 6 pm

Royal Doors Russia, Volga Region, first half 17th century, 154.5 x 70 cm ©

Royal Doors Russia, Volga Region, first half 17th century, 154.5 x 70 cm
©

http://www.russianartweek.co.uk

http://www.morsink.com

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Impressionism: Spirit and Beauty, Trinity House, 50 Maddox Street, London W1, 22nd November to 6th December 2014.

 

Well-known as specialists in Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and 19th century works of art Trinity House is exhibiting these paintings alongside the Russian and Greek Icons mentioned above.

PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR (1841-1919) Portrait de Femme (Gabrielle Renard, 1912 Signed centre right Size: 51.4 x 41.3 cm (20¼” x 16 ¼”), 1912 ©

PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR (1841-1919)
Portrait de Femme (Gabrielle Renard, 1912
Signed centre right
Size: 51.4 x 41.3 cm (20¼” x 16 ¼”), 1912
©

The gallery’s Simon Mills says “The aim of this show is to juxtapose these two very diverse painterly styles to highlight how they can, in fact, work alongside one another in harmony. By displaying the two approaches to painting together, the viewer is better able to understand the qualities and active decision-making behind each style through observing the differences and merits found in each.”

GUSTAVE LOISEAU (1865-1935) Le Quatorze Julliet à Paris, 1925 Oil on canvas Size: 59.7 x 48.9 cm (23½” x 19¼”) Signed and dated lower right ©

GUSTAVE LOISEAU (1865-1935)
Le Quatorze Julliet à Paris, 1925
Oil on canvas
Size: 59.7 x 48.9 cm (23½” x 19¼”)
Signed and dated lower right
©

Among the pictures on view is a powerful charcoal drawing by Edgar Degas – Dancer (Préparation en dedans). Dating from around 1885, it was included in the 2011 Degas Exhibition at London’s Royal Academy.

HILAIRE-GERMAIN- EDGAR-DEGAS (1834 – 1917) Dancer (Préparation en dedans), c.1885 Charcoal on paper Size: 33.50 x 22.75 cm (13¼” x 9”) Inscribed by the artist and stamped ©

HILAIRE-GERMAIN- EDGAR-DEGAS (1834 – 1917)
Dancer (Préparation en dedans), c.1885
Charcoal on paper
Size: 33.50 x 22.75 cm (13¼” x 9”)
Inscribed by the artist and stamped
©

http://www.trinityhousepaintings.com