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High visitor numbers and horse sense at Masterpiece

30 June 2014Written by Anna Brady

Masterpiece London opened last week at The Royal Hospital Chelsea to a buzzing crowd of 7000 on preview day. Now in its fifth edition and a much-anticipated event in the London summer season, this was the highest visitor number to date.

Once again a visually impressive event, this year good looks were backed up with some strong sales, the most valuable to date being that of a 1912 Cartier corsage sold for more than $20m by Mayfair jewellers Symbolic and Chase.

But while this sale epitomises the fair's glitzy reputation, it was a stand covered in clay dust, tools and dirty coffee cups that attracted the most attention. Sladmore Contemporary had recreated the studio of equestrian sculptor Nic Fiddian Green, who will be working on the large piece pictured throughout the fair.

This creation was awarded the Best Stand award and seems to be paying off in terms of sales too - at the time of writing two days into the fair, the gallery had sold eight sculptures and two drawings by the sculptor, and had a 'serious offer' on the as yet uncompleted large horse.

The fair runs until Wednesday, July 2.

 

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