Masterpiece 2015: the lure of luxury in London
Masterpiece looks set, once again, to achieve its ambition of presenting a luscious array of luxurious objects to lighten the chill of a London summer. The weekend saw a building site being transformed into a glamorous shop window for works of art from across the millennia: paintings, drawings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, silver and so much more.
For our own part, we spent Saturday carefully converting a blank black box into a temporary display of, mainly nineteenth-century, decorative arts by some of the period’s best-known designers and manufacturers. As ever, we were grateful to Aston Spinks, represented by Dwight, John, Keith, and Kevin (see above).
On Sunday, we returned to light, dust and label the stand. By the end of the day the display was pretty much set: just a couple of late arrivals to be placed on Monday morning.
The backdrop to the stand, which includes a selection of objects from our recently published catalogue, is a rather splendid piano case designed by Charles Robert Ashbee, with an action by John Broadwood. To its left and right is a pair of classic oak and rush-seated armchairs designed by Charles Voysey (see below, for a view showing the left-hand side of our installation).
The fair opens on Thursday 25 June (with a private preview the day before), and closes on Wednesday 1 July. Should you happen to be in London over that period, we do hope that you will find time to visit. For further information (or tickets), please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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