Masterpiece London 2015 // Part I

Masterpiece is undoubtedly one of London's stand-out Art & Antiques fairs. There were over 150 exhibitors with items on display that span 4,000 years of art and design history at this year's fair. We are often asked for advice from first-time buyers hoping to start a collection, and on many occasions we point them in Masterpiece's direction. It isn't just the sheer quantity of exhibitors and items available, but their guaranteed quality. We also admire the enthusiasm and knowledge of the exhibitors. Another piece of advice we always give is that if you're unsure about what to buy or just unsure about what you're looking at; always ask the exhibitors, their passion and expertise really is invaluable and they are always on hand to help.

Did you visit Masterpiece this year? Let us know what items caught your eye, and take a look at at Part I of our blogs on Masterpiece 2015, highlighting the pieces that stood out for us. Take a look at Part II to see our top picks of this year's works of art on display.

Alongside antique furniture and works of art there were some truly exquisite pieces of jewellery on display. One exhibitor that really caught our attention was Veronique Bamps. Veronique, who is based in Monaco, has devoted herself to collecting European and American jewellery dating from the 19th Century to the 1950s. She had on display some classic pieces from renowned designers. We loved her selected of Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery, take a look at the brooch below from 1966, platinum set with brilliant cut and baguette diamonds. The Van Cleef & Arpels cocktail ring in yellow gold with brilliant cut diamonds would be a true head turner!

88-Gallery had some fantastic pieces of furniture and lighting on display. They are based between London, Belgium, Paris and Hong Kong so are able to source top pieces from across Europe and outside, particularly from France, Belgium and Italy. They had a selection of cabinets stunningly decorated with vibrant turquoise. The precious stones give them a real sense of luxury, while their classic shape make them more versatile and brass finishings help to provide an elegant touch. In a neutral room with a subtle colour tone, these could really add a vibrance and splash of colour. 

Another truly striking piece of furniture to catch our eye was this console table by Irish designer Joseph Walsh made from Olive Ash and glass on display from Peter Petrou. The piece is beautifully hand crafted in his studio in Cork and comes from his famous 'Enignum' series. He is inspired by his wild coastal surroundings in Ireland, the landscape he grew up with. He manipulates and bends the wood as far as he can, allowing its natural curves to come through creating undulating and sinuous forms that flow through each other. A console table like this would be a spectacular centre piece in a sitting room, especially in a country or coastal home where it could reflect its natural surroundings.