Masterpiece London 2015 // Part II

Masterpiece is one of our favourite fairs, its quality of exhibitors and variety of displays really is unrivalled. In our last blog post we showcased the exquisite pieces of jewellery and furniture that caught our eye at Masterpiece Fair 2015 in London. This time, we wanted to show you the beautiful works of art that shone our for us at the fair.

We are often asked by first time buyers for advice on starting a collection and Masterpiece Fair is our top suggestion. This year's fair features over 150 exhibitors showcasing items that span across 4,000 years. The exhibitors level of expertise is also invaluable and with such eclecticism it really is the perfect fair to find a piece that works for you. 

We always keep an eye out for artworks that could really help compliment an interior. We source artworks and furniture not only as part of a project but also as a one-off for clients so we're always keen to seek out new pieces on the market. If an artwork really captures your attention you can even use it's colouring as a starting point for your colour scheme, or use it to suit an existing palette to really help tie in your interior's colour scheme.

We are frequently drawn to paintings by Ivon Hitchens, so were drawn to Christopher Kingzett's stand who had several on display. Their tonality and semi-abstract nature can so perfectly compliment either a new or existing colour scheme, adding character and charm without dominating the space.

As well as an impressive array of paintings, there were some exquisite sculptural works on display, particularly at Sladmore Gallery and Sladmore Contemporary. Mark Coreth had a selection of bronze sculptures on display at Sladmore Contemporary, with smaller pieces on sale that would be perfectly versatile to display at home. He is inspired by his time spent in Kenya and the animals that he grew up sharing land with. His quick modelling technique aims to capture the animal's movement, and we like the way his fingerprints and modelling marks remain on each work.

Philip Mould & Company also had a selection of spectacular works of art, as usual. They focus on British art and the Old Masters, both of which are a real passion of ours. They had several works by Welsh painter Augustus John. As well as being a painter, John was a draughtsman and etcher and is known for his portraiture work. For a brief period he worked in a post-impressionist style, which remained influential to his style although returning to a more classical approach. It is his beautiful and elegant sense of light and colour that appeals to us. He often sticks to a relatively close hued colour palette which means, if chosen well, his paintings can provide a harmony with an interior's existing colour scheme.

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.