7th edition sees exceptional rise in Curated Presentations, Mid-20th Century Masters and Classical Works
Masterpiece London is the leading international Fair for art and design from antiquity to the present day. The Fair is an unparalleled opportunity for collectors and curators to discover rare and museum-quality work from 154 worldrenowned exhibitors showcasing over 5,000 years of art history. The Fair’s seventh edition presents influential new exhibitors alongside a strong presence of curated stands, 20th century and Classical art, sculpture and Old Master paintings. All works are for sale and independently vetted by international experts to ensure provenance and quality. The Royal Bank of Canada returns as the Fair’s principal sponsor.
Curated presentations are a continuing trend at the Fair. Richard Greenpresents an exhibition inspired by Patrick Heron’s 1953 show to celebrate ‘The liberation of colour’ after the Second World War, including work by Ivon Hitchens, Peter Lanyon and Ceri Richards. A Salon exhibition dedicated to the work and legacy of Zaha Hadid is curated by Francis Sultana. The exhibition, courtesy of David Gill, the late architect’s longstanding gallerist, includes her first commissioned piece for the gallery, Crater Coffee Table 2007. Axel Vervoordt juxtaposes ancient Roman and Egyptian sculptural works alongside modern art and design. The earliest work on show is a black granite Fragment of a Seated Pharaoh c. 1900 B.C. Linley showcases a treasure chest inspired by founder David Linley’s travels in the Middle East, housed in a mirror-design booth surrounded by sketches and drawings. Designers from Linley will be on site to draw up bespoke designs for visiting collectors.
The importance of Antiquities is emphasised with nine exhibitors, four of whom are new, presenting works spanning 3,000 years of ancient art history. Galerie Harmakhis shows an unusual bronze Egyptian statue Horus of Edfu Harpooning and Trampling Crocodiles from 664–525 B.C. Ariadne Galleries brings a fully in-tact Mummy Mask from Western Thebes c. 760–525 B.C. Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh shows ancient Egyptian and Fijian ancient jewellery. Valerio Turchi shares a stand with 18th–19th century specialist Alessandra di Castro and shows a carved marble chariot crash from c. 200 A.D. Rome. Further sculpture, paintings and cultural artefacts from the period are presented by Charles Ede, Rupert Wace Ancient Art, Safani Gallery, David Ghezelbash Archéologie, and Galerie Chenel.
Discovery is always an important feature of Masterpiece. Dickinson shows the monumental Madonna, Child and St John by Sir Anthony van Dyck c.1627 whose authorship is newly confirmed and which has not been seen in public since 1887. Christopher Kingzett Fine Art brings a deeply personal painting by Lucian Freud c.1960 of his daughter Annie, unseen in 20 years, alongside a rare surviving study of Sir Winston Churchill by Graham Sutherland 1954, made shortly before the artist’s painting of the subject went missing. Richard Green displays an 1810 landscape painting by John Constable that has not been seen in public since 1877.
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