Bentley & Skinner, the jewellers, goldsmiths and silversmith specialist based in Mayfair, will be celebrating one of Britain’s most powerful royal legacies with a rare collection of the Victorian era’s most impressive jewels at this year’s Masterpiece London Fair.
Masterpiece London is the city’s premier showcase for art and antiques, with millions of pounds worth of work on sale. It is regarded as the “most chic of art fairs”, attracting buyers and collectors all around the world.
In the year marking the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, Bentley & Skinner, which has been supplying jewellery to the Royal Family since the latter part of Queen Victoria’s reign, will be showcasing highlight pieces from two of the most eminent craftsmen of the period: Robert Phillips, one of the most prominent English jewellers working in the fashionable Revivalist style, and his protégé, Carlo Giuliano.
Demonstrating Phillips and Giuliano’s skill for intricate, one-of-a-kind designs, the legacy pieces on sale are some of the most collectible items from the Victorian period due to the exceptional craftsmanship that has gone into their creation.
Jewellery Professional at Bentley & Skinner, Ilias Kapsalis, shares: “Queen Victoria presided over a period of huge upheaval in Britain, particularly in terms of social and industrial transformation. Many parallels can be drawn between this period and our recent times, where a renewed desire for sovereignty has led our patrons to become more interested in investing in legacy pieces which hark back to an important part of historical interest. As such there has been a clear appetite for important pieces from key Victorian makers such as Giuliano and Phillips, due to the exceptional level of craftsmanship and provenance.”
Additional investment pieces on the Bentley & Skinner stand include a collection of six antique tiaras in a variety of styles, from an unusual second Empire archaeological-revival coral and gold Spartan diadem, to a Belle Epoque natural pearl and diamond tiara and an Edwardian diamond set tiara consisting of five old-cut diamond-set Tudor Roses.
Bentley & Skinner will be exhibiting more than 450 of its most precious antique pieces at Masterpiece London on stand B9 in a recreation of its famous Piccadilly store.
Masterpiece London opens to the public today (Thursday June, 27).