Masterpiece London 2014
By: Will Noble
Two Forms (Domino)
Barbara Hepworth's modernist sculptures can be admired all over the UK; from the John Lewis department store on London's Oxford Street, to Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton. This polished bronze piece is signed and dated 1969, with foundry mark 'MS' for Morris Singer. Height: 21cm. An edition of nine. $142,000.
The semi-abstract sculptures of Henry Moore spawned a new form of modernism, which went on to win the hearts of art lovers the world over. This bronze piece from 1934 is signed and numbered 4/6. Height: 14.5cm. $250,850. www.bowmansculpture.com
This June, one of the UK's most prominent art, antiques, and design fair returned. Dozens of renowned exhibitors converged at Masterpiece London 2014, held in the historic grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The fair was committed to purveying objects of exceptional value – whether antique paintings and furniture, or contemporary sculpture and jewelry.
Here are some of our favorite pieces from the exhibit:
Charles II Cream Japanned Cabinet
An extremely rare, exquisite quality late 17th century cabinet on a carved silvered stand. The piece is decorated throughout with exotic polychrome scenes and has two folding doors. Cream or white japanning are the rarest colors to be found; only a handful of workshops managed to produce pieces in these remarkable hues. Price Upon Request. www.ronaldphillipsantiques.com
George I Giltwood Pier Glass
Attributed to James Moore and John Gumley A superb quality carved giltwood and gesso pier glass, circa 1725. It retains the original gilding and original double bevelled plates. Price upon request.
Portrait of Jane
Sir Gerald Kelly was one of the 20th century’s leading British artists, whose peers included Sargent, Sickert, and the novelist Somerset Maugham. Kelly was admired in his time, and elected President of the Royal Academy in 1949. Portrait of Jane features a subject very dear to Kelly's heart – his wife. It is at once a gentle and rather striking piece. $100,000.
This charming item is from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, circa 1880. It's made from hand carved, hand painted wood, and still has many of the original animals. Guaranteed to make a playful centerpiece. Approx. $36,350. www.robertyoungantiques.com
Platinum and Diamond Set Feather
A striking piece of jewelry made by Van Cleef and Arpels in Paris, 1928. Pricing upon reqest.