Summers in London are filled with culture, art and sport, whether it’s the Wimbledon Championship, or the much coveted Ascot races. Another such attraction is Masterpiece London. According to Lucie Kitchener, the Managing Director of the fair, Masterpiece’s “unique fusion of heritage and style, tradition and the contemporary, creates an exceptional week of cultural, culinary and social experiences in the heart of London.” She says that the fair "introduces visitors to periods or styles they might not otherwise encounter, and presents an unparalleled opportunity for new and established collectors to discover outstanding works of art for sale.”
This year, the dynamic displays at Masterpiece include the likes of antique furniture, a Colombian emerald by Moussaieff, and a skull of a Triceratops dinosaur from over 60 million years ago. Arian Alan, one of the leading dealers in 19th century furniture, are displaying a large Louis XV style gilt, and a bronze-and-crystal-cut chandelier. Similarly, Edward Hurst is exhibiting a pair of George III Coade stone thrones, designed by Thomas Hope in 1800. These monumental historical objects add a layer of prestige and substance to the fair, which goes far beyond just painting and sculpture.