Camille Pissarro "Paysanne assise et chevres," oil on canvas, 1884. Available through Richard Green.
The Hinton House Strong Box, a Rare William and Mary Bound Edonised Strong Box on Giltwood Stand, English, c. 1690. Available through Ronald Phillips, LTD.

Since its launch in 2010, Masterpiece London has quickly emerged as one of the world’s finest and most stylish art and antique fairs. Attracting an inimitable array of collectors, curators, celebrities, and aristocrats from around the globe, few young fairs carry as much cachet as Masterpiece London. Held in the middle of the city’s bustling summer art and auction season, the fair will kick off with an exclusive preview day on Wednesday, June 24, on the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

A cross-collecting fair for art, antiques, and design, Masterpiece London will present a stunning selection of museum-quality works from over 150 leading international galleries. Unmatched in terms of style and elegance, Masterpiece London caters to a variety of collectors and enthusiasts by bringing together modern and classic material in a truly unique way. Among this year’s distinguished exhibitors are A La Vieille Russie, Inc. (New York), dealers of European and American antique jewelry, Faberge, Russian decorative and fine arts, and gold snuffboxes and objets de vertu; Apter-Fredericks LTD (London), specialists in important eighteenth century English Furniture; Bowman Sculpture (London), dealers of European sculpture ranging from the nineteenth century to the present day; Butchoff Antiques (London), specialists in nineteenth century furniture; the London-based antique arms and armor dealer Peter Finer; Hirschl & Adler (New York), which will be offering contemporary art; Veronique Bamps (Monaco), dealers of fine antique jewelry; Carpenters Workshop Gallery (London), specialists in unique works by emerging and established artists and designers; Long-Sharp Gallery (Indianapolis), dealers of modern and contemporary works on paper, prints, and drawings; Ronald Phillips LTD (London), specialists in eighteenth and early nineteenth century English furniture; Elle Shushan (Philadelphia), a specialist in fine portrait miniatures; Trinity House Paintings, LTD (London/Broadway/New York), dealers of nineteenth to twentieth century British and European paintings; Mallett (London/New York), specialists in eighteenth and nineteenth century English and Continental furniture, works of art, glass, and paintings; and Richard Green (London), a dealer of paintings from a range of genres and periods, including Old Master, marine, French Impressionist, modern, and Victorian.

Among the must-see objects at Masterpiece London are an exuberant Camille Pissarro painting from Richard Green; an incredible selection of folk art from London’s Robert Young Antiques; a rare Anglo-Indian polychrome decorated drum table from Apter-Fredericks; a fine silk and wool Soho arabesque tapestry attributed to the celebrated weaver Joshua Morris from Mallett; a geometric bronze and parchment console by the sculptor/furniture maker Ingrid Donat from Carpenters Workshop Gallery; a  nineteenth century secretaire a abattant by Maison Rogie of Paris from Butchoff Antiques; a rare William and Mary strong box on a giltwood stand  from Ronald Phillips; and an abstract painting by David Hockney from Trinity House Paintings. Long-Sharp Gallery will also unveil a never-before-seen work by Andy Warhol, entitled The Socialite of the real estate attorney Olga Berde Mahl. The work, which resided in Mahl’s private collection for years, was used by Warhol to purchase his Watts Street studio.

Ingrid Donat, Artbook Console, 2011. Bronze, parchment, H. 80, L. 168, W. 38 cm. Limited edition of 8 + 4 AP. Available through Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

In addition to its monumental offerings, Masterpiece London features a full roster of not-to-be-missed events. Among this year’s happenings are a lecture series that will be held in the Vanity Fair Lecture Theater, a bespoke space designed by the celebrated British interior designer Katharine Pooley; an art gala on benefitting the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children's charity; daily tours provided by the Sotheby’s Institute of Art; and a book signing featuring Vivienne Becker, a renowned jewelry historian and co-author of Cartier Panthère, which chronicles the panther in art history, the evolution of Cartier panther jewels, the techniques involved in creating a Cartier panther jewel, and the influence of the panther in fashion, design, and popular culture.  

A silk and wool Soho arabesque tapestry attributed to Joshua Morris. England, c. 1725. H. 270, W. 460 cm. Available through Mallett.

In 2014, Masterpiece London welcomed 35,000 fair-goers and saw £100 million in art, antiques, design, and jewelry sales. The 2015 iteration of Masterpiece London promises to be another smashing success. According to Peter Schaffer, the Director of A La Vieille Russie, “Here in London we have noticed a ‘buzz’ in the air among other dealers which is usually a very good sign.”

Masterpiece London will remain open to the public through Wednesday, July 1, 2015.