Masterpiece enjoys record breaking 40,000 visitors as sales soar

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  A woman holds 'The Symbolic Yellow', one of the largest old-cut fancy vivid yellow diamonds ever recorded at 114 carats, at the Symbolic & Chase stand at the Masterpiece Fair on June 23, 2015 in London, England. The Masterpiece Fair will be held at Royal Hospital Chelsea from June 25 - July 1 and features 150 dealers of art, antiques and design. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

London-based art and antiques fair Masterpiece enjoyed a successful showing in June, welcoming a record breaking 40,000 visitors and seeing strong sales across all exhibitors.

Held for the sixth year at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, the event welcomed exhibitors across art, antiques, furniture and jewellery, including Theo Fennell, Wartski and Van Cleef & Arpels.

The fair saw record numbers of visitors, especially international collectors combining the fair with a trip to the capital.

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Nazy Vassegh, chief executive officer of Masterpiece London commented “It has been an absolute privilege to oversee the 6th edition of Masterpiece London in association with Royal Bank of Canada. All our exhibitors, partners and sponsors have contributed a huge amount of time and energy to help make this the best Masterpiece to date. London has a long and rich heritage at the heart of the art market and we are delighted to be at the very epicentre of this busy summer season.”

Sales were strong across the fair, especially at jeweller Symbolic & Chase which sold a pair of diamond pendant earrings by SABBA, a black opal and emerald ring, and a ruby and diamond bracelet by Boucheron.

Over 150 museum directors and curators from the world’s finest cultural institutions visited this year’s fair, including Carlos Picon (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Sir Nicholas Penny (National Gallery), Peter B Kerber (Getty Museum), Duncan Bull (Rijksmuseum) Christopher Monkhouse (Chicago Institute of Arts) and Jessica Harrison-Hall (British Museum) to name a few.

PICTURE CREDIT: A woman holds ‘The Symbolic Yellow’, one of the largest old-cut fancy vivid yellow diamonds ever recorded at 114 carats at the Symbolic & Chase stand at the Masterpiece Fair.


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