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The 7th edition of Masterpiece London from 30 June – 6 July 2016 returns with a wealth of exciting new exhibitors from across the globe joining what is now established as the world’s leading multi-disciplinary fair showcasing museum-quality works of art and design that span over 5,000 years of art history. Exceptional works will be presented from across disciplines including Impressionist and Modern art, Post-war and contemporary art, Old Master Paintings, modern and contemporary design, decorative arts, ethnographic and folk art, antiquities, rare books and jewellery.

Anthony Outred Antiques

Modernity Grandfather clock designed by Jens Jacob Bregnö, Denmark. 1927. Various woods, brass and painted finish. H: 212 cm/ 6' 11 1/2'' Cabinet designed by Jens Jacob Bregnö and painted by Poul Jörgensen. The cabinet was made by Thomas Georg Madsen and the mechanism by Jens Olsen.

Stellar names from the world of antiques and design joining the elite gathering this year will be Axel Vervoordt who builds on the strong presence of ‘cross-discipline’ exhibitors at Masterpiece, such as returning exhibitors Rose Uniacke and Alessandra di Castro. Tornabuoni Art will present key works of Post-war Italian art, adding to the fair’s strong representation of this period with returning exhibitors Mazzoleni London, Robilant + Voena and Cortesi Gallery and new exhibitor M & L Fine Art. Wallace Chan, the Hong-Kong based jeweller makes his UK debut at Masterpiece and will present new works specially created for the fair. Chan is known for numerous innovations including the ‘diamond claw’ and the ‘Wallace cut’. Design gallery Modernity (Stockholm) will bring extraordinary works of Danish and Swedish design from the early 20th century, including a Jens Jacob Bregnö standing clock from 1927, inspired by the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Further additions for this year are Stephen Ongpin, gallery for Master drawing, watercolour and oil sketches from 16-20th centuries and Safani Gallery, New York-based specialists in art from ancient cultures of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome – who share a stand with Harmakhis Galerie, as well as Senger Bamberg Kunsthandel, David Ghezelbash Archéologie and Waterhouse & Dodd.

Andrew Grima


Grima - Swinging Pearl Ring, Andrew Grima 1970

Returning to the fair will be Impressionist, Modern and Post-war art galleries Richard Green, Dickinson, Robilant + Voena, Thomas Gibson Fine Art, Offer Waterman, Piano Nobile, Lowell Libson, Osborne Samuel and Galerie Jacques de la Béraudière. While Old master paintings specialists at Masterpiece London 2016 include Philip Mould, Mullany, Lampronti Gallery, Chiale Fine Art and John Mitchell Fine Paintings. Medieval and Ancient art specialists include Sam Fogg, Rupert Wace Ancient Art, Charles Ede, De Backker Medieval Art and Amir Mohtashemi.

Galleries specialising in design include David Gill Gallery, Jean David Botella, Based Upon, 88-Gallery London, and Peter Petrou while rare works of art and furniture will be presented by Apter-Fredericks, Mallett, Thomas Coulborn & Sons, Ronald Phillips and Röbbig München.

Apter Fredericks Antiques

Apter Fredericks -A Regency Period Lacquer Centre Table

This table, with its japanned iron top and papier mâché apron, belongs to a strikingly decorated and intriguing group of tables and side-cabinets about which surprisingly little is known. English Circa 1815

Rare and unusual objects will be presented by Koopman Rare Art, Shapero Rare Books, Peter Harrington, Les Enluminures illuminated manuscripts and Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh tribal and ethnographic art. Remarkable works of jewellery will be presented by Symbolic & Chase, Hemmerle contemporary German jewellers, and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Martyn Gregory - The Hongs of Canton (Guangzhou), by a Chinese artist c. 1804 (detail shown)

Mallett Antiques, will showcase three spectacular items with excellent provenance. A magnificent pair of mid 18th century carved giltwood girandole mirrors; a fine pair of George III giltwood pier tables and a rare George III marquetry commode The outstanding pair of mid-18th century carved giltwood mirrors, known as the Dundas
Girandoles, are attributed to English furniture makers William France and John Bradburn and dated circa 1765. Each has a spectacular cartouche-shaped moulded frame with extending moulded scrolls and foliate ornament of leafy plumes with ruffed edges and surmounted by an anthemion. The pair of mirrors were supplied in 1764 to Sir Lawrence Dundas for 19 Arlington Street, London and thence by decent to the Marquess of Zetland P.C. until they were sold at Christie’s in 1934 and later at Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York 1979 when they became part of the Ogden Phipps collection, Long Island before becoming the property of Mallett.

Adrian Sassoon Antiques

Adrian Sassoon - Terra Vase, 2015 - Hiroshi Suzuki - Hammer-raised and chased Fine silver 999

Curated presentations are a continuing trend at the Fair. Richard Green presents 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 RichardsAxel 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.

Fine Art

Waterhouse and Dodd - Blumenstauden im nutzgarten nach Südwesten -Max Liebermann Circa 1928 Signed

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Prof. Dr. Matthias Eberle

Masterpiece London’s principle sponsor, Royal Bank of Canada, will present the RBC Fifth Plinth. Inspired by London’s Trafalgar Square public art project, The Fourth Plinth, this year’s programme celebrates the ‘female perspective’ and explores a timeline of the female influence on art from 350 B.C. to the present day. Each day of the Fair a new work will be unveiled to visitors. Works on show include a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1600 (Philip Mould & Co), Red Straws, 2016 by Francesca Pasquali (Tornabuoni Art) a selection of portrait miniatures featuring women from 16th to 21st Centuries (Elle Shushan) and a Greek Funerary stele for Dorias, daughter of Poseidonios, c. 350-325 B.C. (Charles Ede).

Mallets Antiques

Mallett The Dundas Girandoles, English, circa 1765. Height 78in (198cm); Width: 40in (102cm)

Masterpiece opens on Thursday 30 June until Wednesday 6 July 2016.  For tickets see Masterpiece Fair

Robert Young Antiques

Robert Young Antiques - A Fine "Sissinghurst" Oval Snuff Box - Carved with the Figure of a Bag Piper, English/French Prisoner of War Work, c.1760

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Axel Vervoordt - Head of Horus Granodiorite Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, 332 - 30 B.C. Height: 14,50 cm