The Masterpiece Fair, London, is the pinnacle of the summer art and antiques fair calendar. Set in the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea; collectors, curators and designers have flocked to this event due to the astonishing diversity of material covering 3,000 years!
The range of art, antiques and design works are not only vast, but expensive, so it’s not surprising then to see a few famous faces along the way! The most valuable sale to date belongs to Jewellers Symbolic & Chase who sold a 1912 Cartier corsage for in excess of $20 million.
Jewellery was well represented at this years fair, from the ancient to the very modern, I have to confess to getting diamond blindness after two hours, it’s true – you can have too much of a good thing!
Here are a few picks from the fair that caught my eye. At the Wartksi stand, who specialise in the finest period jewellery. I was drawn to this ‘little’ beauty, proudly housed in its own cabinet.
It’s a diamond and aquamarine necklace mounted in platinum by Russian born and New York based, Olga Tritt, she was asked by the Brazilian government to create a collection of pieces set with the finest examples of semi-precious stones from its mines, for presentation at the 1939 Worlds Fair in New York. Over 70 years on it’s still stunning!
At the Chatila stand this spectacular opal neck-piece and earrings stole the show for me, the stones were amazing in their quality and depth of colour.
Each stand was like a mini work of art in themselves, none more so than at Theo Fennell, I didn’t expect to look for long here as I’m familiar with the work of this modern day jeweller, but I was intrigued and drawn to the highly conceptual displays in their cabinets. Each cabinet contained a different scene, ranging from a forest to a haunting underground tomb! Of course there was the Emerald City ring (which we featured a short time ago on Facebook) wonderfully displayed on the yellow brick road to Oz!
Complete with it’s own yellow brick road and accompanying characters!
I wish my walks in the wood led to discoveries like this!
All in all I had a great time looking at the jewellery I could only dream of having, although I did need a long sit down after working my way around this huge fair, trying to dodge pass the champagne filled parties along the way!