Untitled by Sam Francis (1990)/Courtesy: artsy.net
Untitled by Sam Francis (1990)/Courtesy: artsy.net

Pooja Patel

Ever since the pandemic has set in, we have been hearing news of the most awaited shows, launches and fairs getting cancelled or rescheduled to 2021. So when the annual 2020 Masterpiece London jewellery and art fair was cancelled, it was no surprise. However, the good news is that the organisers have taken the pain to move the fair online and it is now called Masterpiece Online.
A George I Red ‘Japanned’ Bureau Bookcase (1725)/Courtesy: artsy.net
A George I Red ‘Japanned’ Bureau Bookcase (1725)/Courtesy: artsy.net
This virtual fair is available to the public for viewing from today (June 24) till June 28. 138 exhibitors from around the world are participating including Morentz, Van Cleef & Arpels, Somlo London, Shapero Rare Books Ltd, Robert Young Antiques, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Sandra Cronan Ltd, Osborne Samuel, Fabio Salini and Boghossian.

 

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Founded in 2012, @richardsaltoungallery is based in Mayfair, London. The gallery specialises in contemporary art, with an emphasis on Feminist, Conceptual and Performance artists from the 1960s onwards. It is guided by a strong focus on rediscovering the work of important yet under-recognised artists through a yearly exhibition programme. The artists represented by Richard Saltoun are all characterised by their pioneering and revolutionary efforts in their respective fields, pushing the conceptual and disciplinary boundaries in which they work. _ View the full programme for Masterpiece Online at masterpiecefair.com and browse artworks at Masterpiece on @artsy _ 22 June | Early Access 24 – 28 June | Open for all #MasterpieceOnline

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Masterpiece’s website allows guests to view the works of the exhibitors that are on sale as well as a detailed profile of the exhibitors. The newly re-designed website is loaded with videos of the gallerists, artists, brands, company owners and dealers; to equip the attendees with in-depth information.
Read: To reinvent is the only way forward for the art fraternity, post COVID
Virtual visitors can book a private viewing, request a tailor-made experience, attend panel discussions, watch interviews of exhibitors and discover the exhibitors’ work on Artsy.
 A Soft-Paste Vincennes Porcelain Broth Bowl, Stand & Cover with a fish knop by Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory/Courtesy: artsy.net

A Soft-Paste Vincennes porcelain broth bowl, stand & cover with a fish knop by Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory/Courtesy: artsy.net
Artsy is a platform for collecting and discovering art; and Masterpiece Online has collaborated with them for this fair.
Below are a few highlights:

 

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Elaine Fattal, a jeweller and an art historian, combines her keen eye and passion for aesthetics and is known for beautifully reconstructing antique pieces. She reimagines ancient pieces of work as contemporary and wearable pieces and draws inspiration from nature. Called the ‘Beetle and Bee’, this is a stunning pair of cufflinks, embedded with diamond, ruby and demantoid garnet.

 

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Artist Offer Waterman had opened his first gallery in London’s Chelsea neighbourhood (1996) and currently occupies a five-storey Georgian building in the heart of Mayfair. His gallery enjoys a reputation for possessing brilliant 20th Century British art, which has made him popular overseas. In the picture is Frank Auerbach ‘Koko’ Mornington Crescent (2006), oil on board.
Read: AstaGuru to auction works by SH Raza, MF Husain and FN Souza on June 27-28

 

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In the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris, is Galerie Mathivet gallery, where, pieces by the most important Art Deco designers are exhibited. A few of their pieces by Frank Scheidecker are part of this fair. The post above showcases Frank Scheidecker’s Fireplace (1904), an openwork copper plate that shows a Japanese decor of Koï carp and marsh iris.
An archaeological style gold, pearl and carnelian bracelet (1870) by Augusto Castellani is priced at £80,000 /Courtesy: artsy.net
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An archaeological styled gold, pearl and carnelian bracelet (1870) by Augusto Castellani is priced at £80,000.
Portrait of Charles X (1825) by Antoine-Jean Gros, priced at £290,000/Courtesy: artsy.net
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A portrait of Charles X (1825) painted by Antoine-Jean Gros May 29, 1825, on the day of Charles’ coronation. Priced at £290,000.
A Neo-Egyptian Enamel and Gem-set Brooch (1867) studded with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, rock crystal, gold and enamel by the Wartski family. Price on request./Courtesy: artsy.net
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A Neo-Egyptian Enamel and Gem-set Brooch (1867) studded with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, rock crystal, gold and enamel by the Wartski family. Price on request.
A rare pair of George III walnut library chairs that stand on four carved cabriole legs, priced at £120,000/Courtesy: artsy.net 
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A rare pair of George III walnut library chairs that stand on four carved cabriole legs, priced at £120,000.
Untitled (Chinese Painting) painted in 2008 painted by Julian Schnabel using spraypaint, ink, resin and oil on polyester. Priced at €300,000/Courtesy: artsy.net
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Untitled (Chinese Painting) painted in 2008 painted by Julian Schnabel using spraypaint, ink, resin and oil on polyester. Priced at €300,000.
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An exquisite Regency period painted guided three-tier bookcase with a depiction of temples and figures in exotic landscapes. Priced at £125,000.

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