Looking Back at Masterpiece 2016

Masterpiece is undoubtedly one of London's stand-out Art & Antiques fairs. There were over 150 exhibitors with items on display that span 5,000 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; 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 our favourite items as we look back at Masterpiece 2016.

Philip Mould & Co. had some exquisite paintings for sale. They focus on British art and the Old Masters, both of which are a real passion of ours. Their collection of painting by Ambrose McEvoy particularly caught our eye. McEvoy specialised in portraits and is known for his use of low tones. His most celebrated works depict society women, such as the portrait below of The Hon. Lois Sturt, painted in 1920. There is a beauty and romanticism about his colouring and texture which we loved.

Rose Uniacke’s display caught our eye with her elegant array of antique furniture and lighting. The pair of neo-classical sofas have frames decorated in stone-white and a beautiful simple blue line. We loved their simplicity and harmony, elegant items like this are often more versatile than we realise as they can look wonderful in either a classic or contemporary interior. The regency bronze hanging light has lovely details like the gilded anthemion and scrolls featured throughout.

As always Adrian Sassoon had a fabulous display of ceramics and glass. It is always useful to mark down a dealer's speciality, this will make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for and you can be assured that their expert advice will help you find the perfect piece. Among the glassware on display at Adrian Sassoon were some intriguing pieces by Tobias Møhl. Danish glassblower Møhl incorporates Venetian techniques with a Scandinavian aesthetic. His shapes are organic yet refined and incorporate refined details which are truly exquisite.