Masterpiece Private Preview packed, auguring for brisk business

By David Brough

June 2017 – The Private Preview at Masterpiece London on June 28 was more crowded than at any time in recent memory, auguring for brisk sales at the top luxury

The stands of Chelsea Cross members Apter-Fredericks, Godson & Coles, and Peter Harrington Rare Books attracted intense interest from the throngs of well-heeled international visitors milling around the huge marquee in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

As well as home design companies, high end jewellers were out in force, such as Wallace Chan, Chatila, Hancocks, Symbolic & Chase, and Theo (1)

Despite economic uncertainty linked to Brexit, the outlook for the top tier of the luxury market in the UK appears to be resilient, judging by the high turnout to Masterpiece as its doors opened to the public.

The soft pound since last year’s Brexit vote may help draw in more international buyers.

Masterpiece London has become a staple of the London season, enticing crowds from the UK and overseas in late June and early July, as the event offers an exquisite array of high luxury pieces for the home, from important English Georgian furniture, to rare paintings and books.

Apter-Fredericks are delighted to present at Masterpiece a spectacular green glass sixteen arm chandelier which was found in India many years ago. It is attributed to John Blades who had extensive contacts there.

The survival of this chandelier is remarkable considering it was made in c. 1790 and has stacked up quite a few airmiles.

Godson & Coles are pleased to showcase an exciting selection of newly acquired examples of English furniture and modern British art. Notably, a magnificent walnut and gilt bureau bookcase attributable to Giles Grendey, as well as a pair of japanned chairs by Grendey, that form part of the most celebrated suite of English japanned furniture of the 18th century.

Among an outstanding selection of rare books, one highlight from Peter Harrington at Masterpiece is a first edition of The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (published in 1925).