MASTERPIECE 2016



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Summer in London means Masterpiece, one of the landmark events in London’s collecting calendar, which opened last Thursday to the public. As a huge devotee of antiques and art fairs, A-Gent of Style was eager to witness this year’s edition, now in its 7th year, and attended the decorator preview on Wednesday, his enthusiasm hugely enhanced in the last few weeks by the daily build-up on Instagram (where else). Rating Masterpiece as one of his highlights of the London art fair circuit, A-Gent of Style was wowed this year once again by the sheer brilliance and diversity of the elegantly curated vignettes showcasing objets of the highest calibre.


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The stellar international fair brings together yet again this year more than 150 leading exhibitors, old friends and newcomers from around the world to showcase a superb selection of museum-quality art, antiques, jewellery, furniture and design. Masterpiece attracts avid collectors, connoisseurs and enthusiasts across a wide range of cross-collecting categories and has established itself as notable highlight of the annual art fair calendar. Set in the magnificent South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Masterpiece takes place over seven days until July 6.

Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece Fair

Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece Fair, with Lynn Chadwick’s Howling Beast (picture from @nazyvassegh)


The mastermind of this masterpiece, Nazy Vassegh, the glamourous and brilliant CEO of Masterpiece (don’t miss her fabulous outfits on Instagram!), says; “’For 2016 Masterpiece promises to be more exciting than ever. 154 specialist galleries from around the world are bringing treasures from the past 5,000 of art history. For collectors, curators and the curious alike Masterpiece is now firmly established as a highlight of the summer arts season.”

Galore Willy Huybrechts

Galerie Willy Huybrechts

 

A-Gent of Style made some great discoveries this year and was delighted to see some his most cherished antiques dealers exhibiting for the first time especially Galerie Willy Huybrechts with their show-stopping stand

 

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Despite the Brexit and the fall of the pound, exhibitors are remaining optimistic and the fair is showing no sign of abatement as visitors are flocking in. This year’s fair is probably the best so far so make sure you don’t miss it!

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Below a ‘small’ selection of outstanding objets and vignettes.


Siena from the hills, 1953 by Paul Feiler at Godson & Coles

Siena from the Hills, 1953 by Paul Feiler at Godson & Coles

 

Chevron mirror by Line Vautrin at Jean-David Botella

Chevron mirror by Line Vautrin at Jean-David Botella

 

Egyptian chairs by Marc du Plantier at Dutko Gallery

Egyptian chairs by Marc du Plantier at Dutko Gallery

 

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Le Rythme by Tamara de Lempicka at Kunstberatung, Zurich

Le Rythme by Tamara de Lempicka at Kunstberatung, Zurich

 

Liquid Glacial Chair, 2015 by Zaha Hadid

Liquid Glacial Chair, 2015 by Zaha Hadid

 

 

Rose Uniacke

Rose Uniacke

 

The new Eden collection by Lalique at Steinway & Sons stand

The new Eden collection by Lalique at Steinway & Sons

 

Revelation, 2014 by El Anatsui

Revelation, 2014 by El Anatsui

 

Axel Vervoordt

Axel Vervoordt

 

White Straw, 2016 by Francesca Pasquale at Tornabuoni Art

White Straw, 2016 by Francesca Pasquale at Tornabuoni Art

 

Abstrakter Kopf: Licht I, 1929 by Alexej von Jawlensky

Abstrakter Kopf: Licht I, 1929 by Alexej von Jawlensky

 

 

Galerie Chenel, Paris

Galerie Chenel, Paris

 

 

Boucheron Art Deco Lapis Lazuli & coral desk clock at Symbolic & Chase

Boucheron Art Deco Lapis Lazuli & coral desk clock at Symbolic & Chase

 

Apter-Fredericks

Apter-Fredericks

 

Punch me Harder by Yoshitomo Nara at Whitestone Gallery Tokyo/Hong Kong

Punch me Harder by Yoshitomo Nara at Whitestone Gallery Tokyo/Hong Kong

 

Steinitz, Paris

Steinitz, Paris

 

Bronze by Agostino Bonalumi at Cortesi Gallery

Bronze by Agostino Bonalumi at Cortesi Gallery

 

Desk by Jacques Adnet, 1950 at Roberta Basta, Milan

Desk by Jacques Adnet, 1950 at Roberta Basta, Milan

 

Dutko Gallery

Dutko Gallery

 

Anglo-Indian armchair, c.1800-1810 at A.Mohtashemi, London

Anglo-Indian armchair, c.1800-1810 at A.Mohtashemi, London

 

Anniversary Jewellery Box at Linley, London

30th Anniversary Jewellery Box at Linley, London

 

Zaha Hadid Commemorative Salon

Zaha Hadid Commemorative Salon

 

Six-Fold screen representing the Map of the World, Edo Period, mid 19th Century at Paolo Antonacci, Rome

Six-fold screen representing the Map of the World, Edo Period, mid 19th Century at Paolo Antonacci, Rome

 

Concerto Spaziale, 1962 by Lucio Fontana at Repetto Gallery, London

Concerto Spaziale, 1962 by Lucio Fontana at Repetto Gallery, London

 

Galerie Marcilhac, Paris

Galerie Marcilhac, Paris

 

Mallett, London, New York

Mallett, London, New York

 

Egyptian painted wood sarcophagus fragment middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty 19080-1801 BC at Rupert Wace Ancient Art

Egyptian painted wood sarcophagus fragment middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty 1980-1801 BC at Rupert Wace Ancient Art

 

Steinway & Sons

Steinway & Sons

 

Godson & Coles

Godson & Coles

 

Based Upon

Based Upon

 

Untitled (superficie) by Enrico Castellani at M&L Fine Art

Untitled (superficie) by Enrico Castellani at M&L Fine Art

 

Geoffrey Diner gallery

Geoffrey Diner gallery

 

Factum Foundation

Factum Foundation

 

Stars Above, Stars Below, 1962 by Avinash Chandra at DAG Modern, Delhi Mumbai New York

Stars Above, Stars Below, 1962 by Avinash Chandra at DAG Modern, Delhi, Mumbai, New York

 

Modernity

Modernity, Stockholm

 

Roberta Basta, Milan

Roberta Basta, Milan

 

Tre Tempi, 1971 Fausto Melotti at Mazzoleni

Tre Tempi, 1971 Fausto Melotti at Mazzoleni

 

Robilant + Voena, London, Milan, St Moritz

Robilant + Voena, London, Milan, St Moritz

 

Ariadne Galleries, New York, London

Ariadne Galleries, New York, London

 

Gallery Anne Autegarten

Gallery Anne Autegarten

 

David Gill gallery, London

David Gill gallery, London

 

88 Gallery

88 Gallery

 

Girih chest at Linley, London

Girih chest at Linley, London

 

Green and Blue, 1971 by William Scott at Offer Waterman

Green and Blue, 1971 by William Scott at Offer Waterman

 

JGM Art

JGM Art

 

Untitled, 1942 by Arthur Dove at Collisart, LLC New York

Untitled, 1942 by Arthur Dove at Collisart, LLC New York

 

Lalannes at Jean-David Botella

Lalannes at Jean-David Botella

 

The World of Interiors

The World of Interiors

 

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– Photographs by A-Gent of Style unless stated –





LINE VAUTRIN & A-GENT of STYLE: A PHOTO SHOOT & FEATURE of CHRISTIE’S ONLINE AUCTION



 

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A couple of weeks ago, when Xavier Brunswick, 20th C Design specialist at Christie’s, London, approached A-Gent of Style to partake in another collaboration with the illustrious auction house, he felt extremely flattered. When it appeared he was to be involved in the online sale of Line Vautrin’s work, he felt a great sense of excitement – A-Gent of Style has been a great admirer of the “Poetess of Metal” for a long time, which he featured on a few occasions on this blog. When Christie’s offered to do a photo shoot with A-Gent‘s favourite picks from the sale at the latest residential projects he had designed in London, he had to pinch himself to believe it. Ensued an unforgettable and fun day of touching (and playing with) Line Vautrin’s creations, styling the shoot (and a lot of posing) and being interviewed for his favourite picks.


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Featuring jewellery, compacts, boxes and mirrors, from 1943 to the late 1960s, with estimates ranging from £200 to £8,000, this online-only auction  showcases Line Vautrin (1913-1997)’s mastery to work different materials, let it be bronze, talosel resin or mirror fragments. A handpicked selection from the collection of Helene Theodoropoulos forms the core of this sale. Madame Theodoropoulos was Head of Sales and owner of the boutique that Line Vautrin, “Poetess of Metal”, opened at the passage Sumika, when she moved from Paris to Casablanca in 1949. These works (lots 13 to 39) were given to her directly by the designer and have been in the family ever since. The mix and the variety of the use of materials and the careful use of poetry, charades, wit and humour will take you to the luminous, the timeless world of Line Vautrin, the quintessence of Parisian chic.
Christie’s would like to thank Marie-Laure Bonnaud Vautrin for her help with the cataloguing of these lots.

You can see the live online auction here

Full feature on Christie’s website here

 

 

A-GENT of STYLE’s FAVOURITE PICKS:

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PHOTO SHOOT (INTERIOR DESIGN by FABRICE BANA):


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A-Gent of Style would like to thank Xavier Brunswich and his photographer for this great opportunity, and also his client for letting them do the photo shoot at home.

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A-GENT of STYLE & INTERIOR STYLING at CHRISTIE’S





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Last month, A-Gent of Style was flattered to be approached by Christie’s to curate and style a space from the catalogue of their November Interiors sales. Being given carte blanche, the task was to scour amongst some 700 objets from their 128-page catalogue and select 25-odd pieces to create a vignette by styling an empty room at their South Kensington showroom two weeks ago before the auction on 17-18 November 2015. An enthralling challenge A-Gent of Style was eager to rise to.


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– Below is the vignette A-Gent of Style created with an eclectic mix of objets and a juxtaposition of styles –

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– A-GENT of STYLE’S SELECTED OBJETS & AUCTION RESULTS –


Lot 343 A SPANISH STAINED GLASS AND METAL HALL LANTERN IN ISLAMIC TASTE, CIRCA 1940 Sold for: £2,750

Lot 343
A SPANISH STAINED GLASS AND METAL HALL LANTERN
IN ISLAMIC TASTE, CIRCA 1940
Sold for: £2,750

 

Lot 413 Madeline Rachel Wells, R.B.A. (exh. 1909-1940) Labours of the vine Sold for: £6,250

Lot 413
Madeline Rachel Wells, R.B.A. (exh. 1909-1940)
Labours of the vine
Sold for: £6,250

 

Lot 533 A LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED DAY-BED LATE 18TH CENTURY

Lot 533
A LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED DAY-BED
LATE 18TH CENTURY

 

Lot 321 A PAIR OF MODULAR OCCASIONAL TABLES LATE 20TH CENTURY Sold for: £1,500

Lot 321
A PAIR OF MODULAR OCCASIONAL TABLES
LATE 20TH CENTURY
Sold for: £1,500

 

Lot 308 A LINO SABATTINI (B.1925) SILVER PLATED ‘STAIRS’ TEA/COFFEE SET MARK OF SABATTINI, SIGNED WITH DESIGNERS FACSIMILE SIGNATURE, Sold for: £2,000

Lot 308
A LINO SABATTINI (B.1925) SILVER PLATED ‘STAIRS’ TEA/COFFEE SET
MARK OF SABATTINI, SIGNED WITH DESIGNERS FACSIMILE SIGNATURE,
Sold for: £2,000

 

Lot 470 A fine Heriz carpet Sold for: £1,625

Lot 470
A fine Heriz carpet
Sold for: £1,625

 

Lot 334 A CRISTAL ARTE LARGE MIRROR CONSOLE 2ND HALF 20TH CENTURY Sold for: £2,375

Lot 334
A CRISTAL ARTE LARGE MIRROR CONSOLE
2ND HALF 20TH CENTURY
Sold for: £2,375

 

Lot 177 A PAIR OF CONTINENTAL PORCELAIN BOTTLE VASES 19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY SAMSON, FRANCE

Lot 177
A PAIR OF CONTINENTAL PORCELAIN BOTTLE VASES
19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY SAMSON, FRANCE

 

Lot 585 A FRENCH BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BOUILLOTTE TABLE OF LOUIS XVI STYLE, CIRCA 1910 Sold for: £313

Lot 585
A FRENCH BRASS-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BOUILLOTTE TABLE
OF LOUIS XVI STYLE, CIRCA 1910
Sold for: £313

 

Lot 534 A PAIR OF IMPERIAL YELLOW GLAZE VASE TABLE LAMPS LATE 20TH CENTURY   Sold for: £3,000

Lot 534
A PAIR OF IMPERIAL YELLOW GLAZE VASE TABLE LAMPS
LATE 20TH CENTURY
Sold for: £3,000

 

Lot 596 A LARGE PAIR OF BEVELLED GLASS OBELISKS MODERN Sold for: £1,625

Lot 596
A LARGE PAIR OF BEVELLED GLASS OBELISKS
MODERN
Sold for: £1,625

 

AN ARTS AND CRAFTS OVAL COPPER MIRROR POSSIBLY RETAILED BY LIBERTY & CO Sold for: £1,250

AN ARTS AND CRAFTS OVAL COPPER MIRROR POSSIBLY RETAILED BY LIBERTY & CO
Sold for: £1,250

 

A FRENCH BRASS DRINKS TROLLEY MID-20TH CENTURY Sold for: £1,000

A FRENCH BRASS DRINKS TROLLEY
MID-20TH CENTURY
Sold for: £1,000

 

A GROUP OF CONTINENTAL FACETED AND GILT GLASS LATE 18TH CENTURY, MOSTLY BOHEMIAN

A GROUP OF CONTINENTAL FACETED AND GILT GLASS
LATE 18TH CENTURY, MOSTLY BOHEMIAN

 

MAX INGRAND (1908-1969) FOR FONTANA ARTE FLOOR LAMP, MODEL 1819, CIRCA 1958

MAX INGRAND (1908-1969) FOR FONTANA ARTE
FLOOR LAMP, MODEL 1819, CIRCA 1958

 




– BEHIND THE SCENE & THE MAKING-OFF –

 

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A-Gent of Style
would particularly like to thank Katy Richards, Communications Officers, Christie’s South Kensington, for inviting A-Gent of Style to partake in this fantastic project and for orchestrating the whole project so brilliantly. Many thanks also to my wonderful assistant for the day Katie Carder for being so patient and gracious at all times, the great photographers at Carol Sachs as well as the handlers and the rest of Christie’s wonderful team who helped make this memorable day such a success.

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Special thanks to my sponsors for their loans: Lalique for the green Languedoc vase, Miller Harris for their candles, Robert Kime for the cushions and Tissus d’Hélène for the wool and cashmere throws.


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– CHRISTIE’S DAILY FULL FEATURE –

You can view the full article and A-Gent of Style‘s interview on Christie’s Daily by clicking here, and also discover the different vignettes created by three fellow interiors bloggers.

 

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Photographs by Carol Sachs

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