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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