Chelsea Cross members gear up for 6th edition of Masterpiece, visitor numbers expected to grow

Apter-Fredericks, Godson & Coles, and Peter Harrington Rare Books to present exceptionally rare furniture, art, and first editions

Three Chelsea Cross members – Apter-Fredericks, Godson & Coles and Peter Harrington Rare Books – will showcase some exceptionally rare items of furniture, art, and first editions at Masterpiece fair starting in London this week.

Masterpiece (June 25 to July 1) is a great opportunity for Chelsea Cross members to meet top tier clients at one of London’s premier luxury events, now entering its sixth year.

Taking place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in the heart of prime central London, Masterpiece is expected to gather collectors of top luxury visiting from around the world.

Masterpiece offers a variety of luxury of the highest calibre, ranging from furniture and art to silverware and antique clocks.

A strong U.S. dollar and an improving U.S. economy augur for buoyant visitor numbers from the United States this year.

“Masterpiece is an amazing fair, beautifully laid out and with great atmosphere,” says Gallery Manager Viktoria Westin of Godson & Coles.

“There is something there for everyone and the standard of the exhibitors is going from strength to strength, so of course it is fabulous to be part of it all.

“Visitor numbers are going up every year so it’s all going in the right direction.”

Guy Apter, director of Apter-Fredericks, said, “What makes Masterpiece special from our perspective is the volume of business done.

“People recognise that Masterpiece is a ‘must come to’ destination to buy. It is not a gallery exhibition but an art and antiques fair, for which the dealers pull out all the stops in terms of the quality and rarity of the items offered for sale.

“Many of these pieces will not have been on the market before, or will have come from private collections, and thus clients are offered the first opportunity to acquire some very spectacular items.”

Pom Harrington, owner of Peter Harrington Rare Books, said, “It has always been a real pleasure to exhibit at Masterpiece – attendees have a great deal of passion and respect for arts and antiquities, but are not confined to any one area of interest – we’ll receive enquiries concerning all manner of unusual subjects, unexpected authors and exceptionally rare books.”

Among the exceptional items to be presented at Masterpiece, Godson & Coles will be taking some great commodes by big names such as Henry Hill of Marlborough and Thomas Chippendale, as well as two fantastic paintings by Victor Pasmore.

Standout pieces of furniture from Apter-Fredericks will include the Leinster Cabinets and the Beechwood Park Sidetable attributed to Linnell, of “museum quality”.

Peter Harrington Rare Books will be selling James Joyce’s Ulysses, first edition, first issue, one of 100 copies on Dutch handmade paper, this copy number 41, signed by Joyce on the limitation page.