5 July 2017
Blending together heritage and style, tradition and the contemporary draw in the heart of London from 29th June to 5th July 2017 for an exceptional week of cultural, culinary and social experiences, the masterpiece exhibition London divulges some of the astounding works of designers and artists.
The eighth masterpiece exhibition this year marks Burberry’s first appearance at the show, as the brand brings its Cape Reimagined exhibition to Chelsea Royal Hospital. With 78 limited-edition, made-to-order couture capes; The brand made sure each masterpiece was hand made by its master craftsmen in the London atelier which took almost 448 hours for its production. Inspired by scales and forms of Henry Moore semi- abstract monumental sculptures, these capes are made from ceramic, pearls, chantilly lace, plumes of feathers, beaded chain mail, military braids and origami-folded birch wood made by joiner James Hogg, each one exploring a new interpretation of this centuries-old garment. One piece features more than 170 reclaimed looking glasses, hand-sewn onto metallic paillette embroidery as a reference to Henry Moore’s use of found objects.
Along with the antique and contemporary art designs, the jewelry lovers also have a lot to experience. Antique jewelry specialist Verdura, Symbolic & chase and Hancock Will exhibit earing alongside the famous contemporary designers like Boghossian, Van & cleef etc . The David gill a minimalistic furniture designer also exhibited his ‘UltraStellar’ chair 2016 edition limited to 144 pieces.
David Linley the furniture maker and Jonathan Yeo the portrait artist displayed their unique home decor painting called Linley Cassiopeia Screen. The painting is a marquetry representation in a screen-form wall hanging of Yeo’s early figure paintings, made with rich brushstrokes replicating a variety of timbers by Linley’s skilled master craftspeople.
Wartski the jewellers, have reconstructed their original 1911 London shop front, and before it stands a 1st-century AD marble figure of the god Silvanus and a colourfully painted early 17th-century wood carving of a Spanish nobleman – both life size, like gatekeepers to the fair’s treasures. This also includes Hydria or Kalpis, applique at base of pouring handle with Dionysus and Silenus. Bronze Greek, Attic of the 4th century B.C.
The fair is also airing for artworks that would be freshly introduced to the market. Like, in 1932, Sir Kenneth Clark, the great art patron and broadcaster, commissioned the Bloomsbury artists, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, to make a dinner service comprising 140 pieces. 48 of them were circular plates on which the artists painted portraits of Famous Women – 12 Queens, 12 great beauties, 12 writers and 12 artists (including Grant and Bell).
Much more to unfurl, the Masterpiece London continues its exhibition to open new world for exhibitors.