Masterpiece London 2015 saw record attendance at the event this year with strong sales across the fair. The event was stage in association with Principal Sponsor Royal Bank of Canada. The event saw strong sales to private collectors and international institutions alike. The fair was held at the grand location of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, for the sixth year in succession. A number of the exhibitors saved their very finest pieces to unveil and sales across all principle categories supported the Fair’s ethos of cross collecting. The record attendance saw numbers of over 40,000 people, which represents a strong increase on the attendance in 2014.
The CEO of Masterpiece London, Nazy Vassegh, commented that ‘it has been an absolute privilege to oversee the 6th edition of Masterpiece London in association with Royal Bank of Canada. All our exhibitors have contributed a huge amount of time and effort to make this the best Masterpiece to date’. A number of the biggest galleries at the fair reported significant sales of major works. Crane Kalman reported sales of works by Sonia Delaunay, Edmund de Waal and L.S Lowry. Dickinson sold works by Marc Chagall, Joan Miró and Auguste Rodin. Thomas Gibson sold multiple works including four by Allen Jones and a work by Ben Nicholson. These were just a few of the highlights among an equally strong selling of antiques and jewellery.
The prize for ‘Object of the Year’ went to The Hanover Tompion, offered by Carter Marsh & CO, which was part of the Tom Scott collection of clocks. Many of these have been attributed to Thomas Tompion. This horological collection has proved hugely successful with Carter Marsh & Co selling over £8.5million worth of clocks including £4.5million for the Medici Tompion. Over 150 museum directors and curators from the world’s finest cultural institutions visited this year’s fair. This includes Carlos Picon from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sir Nicholas Penny from the National Gallery and Peter B Kerber from Getty Museum. A number of famous faces were in attendance too including Liz Hurley, Mila Kunis and Sir Michael Caine. The fair is already set to return next year after proving a huge success.
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