MASTERPIECE LONDON 2015



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Summer in London means Masterpiece, one of the landmark events in London’s collecting calendar, which opened yesterday 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 6th year, and attended the 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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Masterpiece London, a true international, cross-collecting fair for art, brings together more than 150 leading exhibitors, old friends and newcomers (A-Gent of Style made once again some great discoveries, and was also delighted to see a few of his most cherished antiques dealers were exhibiting for the first time), from around the world to showcase a superb selection of museum-quality art, antiques, jewellery, furniture and design. The fair attracts avid collectors, connoisseurs and enthusiasts across a wide range of 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 1.

Nazy Vassegh, Chief Executive Masterpiece Fair, London

Nazy Vassegh, Chief Executive of Masterpiece Fair, London

 

The mastermind of this masterpiece, Nazy Vassegh, the delightful and brilliant Chief Executive of Masterpiece says, “The eight days when Masterpiece takes place is the epicenter of the art season in London. After just five years Masterpiece is now firmly regarded as both a leading international art fair and a welcome addition to the summer in London. We are particularly delighted by the exhibitors and partners that will join us for the 2015 edition.”


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As in previous years, the range of disciplines is vast, providing something of interest for every visitor. Each item is selected and individually vetted by a committee of independent experts and specialists before the fair begins, which guarantees quality and authenticity is of the highest order alongside fabulous bars and dining such as Scott’s, The Ivy and Le Caprice.

 In no particular order of preference (so don’t get jealous, fellas), A-Gent of Style presents today snapshots he took on Wednesday morning of some of the works that dazzled him. Visitors will no doubt relish the chance to acquire such rare pieces or simply enjoy temptation on a grand scale.


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– Photos by A-Gent of Style –





LALIQUE & CHRISTIE’S: a RARE SALE





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Today at 2pm, Christie’s South Kensington, London, presents an auction dedicated to the master glass-maker René Lalique. The sale will comprise 138 lots and offer an array of vases – in clear and frosted, opalescent, bold colours and subtle hues – alongside iconic lighting, table wares, scent bottles, clocks and car mascots. Estimates range from just £700 up to £120,000.

The calibre of this sale replete with jewel-like coloured works is a fitting tribute to the extraordinary vision and creativity of the master glass-maker René Lalique who continues to enthrall an international audience of discerning collectors nearly seven decades after his death.


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The Lalique brand is synonymous with both quality and artistry and demand for works by this important designer is testament to René Lalique’s legacy. Christie’s has been selling Lalique at auction since specialist Decorative Art & Design sales began in 1971 and has offered more Lalique at auction than any other auction house internationally.


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Joy McCall, an authority on Lalique and this sale’s specialist, kindly shared her expertise with A-Gent of Style and explained why this auction will be significant.

 

Joy McCall, Christie's Lalique specialist, at an event In May celebrating South Kensington's 40th anniversary, showing some rare and arresting pieces from the sale.

Joy McCall, Christie’s Lalique specialist, at an event In May celebrating South Kensington’s 40th anniversary, showing some rare and arresting pieces from the sale.

 

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This sale is dominated by colour vases, which remain perhaps the most sought after aspect of the market at present. There are a number of designs which we see clients collecting to form sets, for example the Formose vase (lots 130-137) is offered in 8 different colours and the Ronce vase (lots 94-98) in 5 colour versions. The sale also offers vases in rare colours, such as lot 44 in red, lot 46 in amber,  lot 47 in red, lot 98 in green and lot 114 in lime-green. It is not necessarily that the design is rare but that it appears in this colour which is remarkable.


Lot 44 A 'Perruches' Vase, No. 876 designed 1919 cased red 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) high engraved R. Lalique France Estimate £20,000 - 30,000

Lot 44
A ‘Perruches’ Vase, No. 876
designed 1919
cased red
9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) high
engraved R. Lalique France
Estimate £20,000 – 30,000

 

Lot 46 A 'Courlis' Vase, No. 1085 designed 1931 amber 6 ¾ in. (17.2 cm.) high stencilled R. LALIQUE FRANCE Estimate £7,000 - 10,000

Lot 46
A ‘Courlis’ Vase, No. 1085
designed 1931
amber
6 ¾ in. (17.2 cm.) high
stencilled R. LALIQUE FRANCE
Estimate £7,000 – 10,000

 

Lot 47 A 'Courges' Vase, No. 900 designed 1914 cherry red and white stained 7 ¼ in. (18.4 cm.) high intaglio LALIQUE Estimate £30,000 - 50,000

Lot 47
A ‘Courges’ Vase, No. 900
designed 1914
cherry red and white stained
7 ¼ in. (18.4 cm.) high
intaglio LALIQUE
Estimate £30,000 – 50,000

 

Lot 114 A 'Sauterelles' Vase, No. 888 designed 1912 lime-green and white stained 10 ¾ in. (27.4 cm.) high wheel-engraved R. LALIQUE Estimate: £10,000 - 15,000

Lot 114
A ‘Sauterelles’ Vase, No. 888
designed 1912
lime-green and white stained
10 ¾ in. (27.4 cm.) high
wheel-engraved R. LALIQUE
Estimate: £10,000 – 15,000



One of the earliest items in the sale is lot 9, Quatre Masques vase with handle, which dates from 1911. No one can remember seeing this particular vase appear at auction previously, so it is exciting to make a fresh discovery. A version without a handle has been offered at auction in the past, but this is the first time the Quatre Masques vase has come to auction with a handle, and it is this addition which makes it so rare.

Lot 9 A Rare 'Le Jour et La Nuit' Timepiece, No. 728 designed 1926 topaz, on patinated metal base 15 in. (38 cm.) high stencilled R. LALIQUE Estimate £75,000 - 85,000

Lot 9
A Rare ‘Le Jour et La Nuit’ Timepiece, No. 728
designed 1926
topaz, on patinated metal base
15 in. (38 cm.) high
stencilled R. LALIQUE
Estimate £75,000 – 85,000

 

There are also some rare enamelled wares in this sale. Lot 4, Nimroud vase, infrequently appears at auction and lot 7 Chamois vase I have not seen in red before. The background design has a thinner wash of enamel and the animals are then highlighted in a strong red enamel.


Lot 4 A 'Nimroud' Vase, No. 970 designed 1926 clear and black enamelled 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) high wheel-engraved R. LALIQUE Estimate £5,000 - 7,000

Lot 4
A ‘Nimroud’ Vase, No. 970
designed 1926
clear and black enamelled
7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) high
wheel-engraved R. LALIQUE
Estimate £5,000 – 7,000

 

Lot 7 A 'Chamois' Vase, No. 1075 designed 1931 clear, stained and red enamelled 5 in. (12.8 cm.) high stencilled R. LALIQUE FRANCE Estimate £5,000 - 7,000

Lot 7
A ‘Chamois’ Vase, No. 1075
designed 1931
clear, stained and red enamelled
5 in. (12.8 cm.) high
stencilled R. LALIQUE FRANCE
Estimate £5,000 – 7,000



Car mascots remain a highly collectible area of the market with individuals specifically seeking to complete the ‘set’. Lalique designed most of these in 1928 and 1929. In the new age of speed and the motorcar they were symbols of prestige, and remain so today.


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Below is a selection from the sale’s catalogue of A-Gent of Style‘s favourite pieces.

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BADA 2015: ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR



 

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At 9 a.m yesterday, A-Gent of Style arrived at the doors of the BADA Antiques and Fine Art Fair to attend the press preview before it opened to the public at 11 a.m. Returning to its favourite location until 24 March at the Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square, London SW3, this year’s fair, the 23rd annual edition, did not disappoint. On the contrary, it seemed like it surpassed itself once again

 

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Housed in a purpose-built pavilion, the range of objects for sale ranging from various disciplines such as art, furniture and paintings to clocks, ceramics, silver, jewellery, rugs and much more from 16th century works of art to contemporary furniture is the place for collectors and also first-time buyers to buy antiques and fine art from Britain’s most renowned experts. Everything for sale is vetted for quality and authenticity and all exhibitors are members of the Association. The BADA fair is famed for its elegant design and spacious layout, providing a stunning setting for the beautiful works for sale for everyone from the first time buyer to the seasoned collector, with prices ranging from £100 to six figure sums.


Here are A-Gent of Style‘s highlights, favourite picks and some of the stunning vignettes that caught his attention and dazzled him as he browsed the fair for a couple of hours in the blissfully quiet and peaceful environment before the impressive queue of antiques admirers and collectors were let in.


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– all photos by A-Gent of Style – 





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