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

 

at hemmer

at Hemmerle

 

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 –





The ORIGINAL CUSHION Co





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When you think there isn’t any more room for yet another home decorating business in this saturated market, enters the Original Cushion Cº. This new, exciting venture will come as a relief and possibly a godsend to most decorators in search of a quick fix to an ongoing conundrum.



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The Original Cushion Cº is an online selling platform that offers a collection of fine, limited edition, designer cushions upholstered in exquisite fabrics by browsing one-off cushions by collection, size and material.

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Founder Erik Karlsen has a life-long passion for fabric and design. He first made his name in design as the founder of Jane Churchill Ltd, the fabric and wallpaper brand, now a part of Colefax and Fowler, and has established himself as a fine and refined decorator over the years. Some of you might remember his exquisite country home featured in July 2011 in House & Garden.



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Borne out of Erik’s frustration to be unable to find beautiful fine cushions to finish a room (or in A-Gent of Style‘s case being unable to order a small amount of fabric for one small cushion because the minimum order is greater than the quantity required or the shipping costs are higher than the actual fabric), it is no surprise that Erik, coupled with his extensive contacts in the textiles industry, started the Original Cushion. His cushions are beautiful, luxuriously padded cushions made in a studio in Suffolk and created out of the most beautiful designs, colours and fabrics (some of you will immediately recognise some iconic Fortuny designs) as well as the finest duck feather and down.


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To make things even more glamourous and special, each cushion comes beautifully packaged in a gift box, wrapped in tissue paper and tied with ribbon, and can be dispatched in the UK within a few days or internationally.


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There is also a useful section on the site that allows you to select your favourite cushions into a scrapbook where you can change their size, position and colour background, and another section that shows how to plump a cushion. A simple but invaluable tip. Tried and tested by A-Gent of Style. So never commit the cardinal sin to beat your cushion! Or call its founder a fluffer.



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– Imagery by Original Cushion Co – 





BOOK END No18





“Nothing is so beautiful as spring. The glassy pear tree leaves and blooms, they brush / the descending blue; that blue is all in a rush / with richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.”

– Gerard Manley Hopkins –


Spring is palpably in the air so here is a fresh selection by A-Gent of Style of noteworthy publications.

Don’t forget you can hover your cursor over each image to see the rest of the book cover or click on the image to see the cover in full in a new window.




And if you’ve missed the previous instalments of Book End, you can catch up and see the other fantastic books A-Gent of Style selected over the months:Book End No1Book End No2, Book End N03Book End N04Book End No5Book End No6, Book End No7, Book End N08, Book End No9Book End No10Book End N011Book End N012, Book End N013Book End No14Book End N015Book End No16, Book End N017

Happy reading!





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