Masterpiece London saw a rise in visitor figures ending with an overall increase of 20% on last years attendance. Just under 34,000 people in total came to the fair to enjoy the breath-taking calibre of art, antiques and unique collectors items for sale.
Many exhibitors reported strong sales this year throughout the fair, and across all categories supporting the ethos of cross-collecting, a core distinction of the fair. Notable patrons, collectors and museum directors were apparent and active during the fair. Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Masterpiece London Chairman said “I am delighted at the response from both exhibitors and collectors this year. It was a very enjoyable 8 days at the heart of the London season, where serious business was done, new relationships formed and great collections enhanced. I was particularly encouraged to see representatives from such a large number of both American and European museums. Attendance at Masterpiece London is now mandatory for all those with an interest in the arts, private and professional.”
Collectors came from far and wide with many exhibitors commenting on increased Russian, Asian, French and German attendance this year. Of particular note were Ellie Cullman, Scott Snyder, Rose Tarlow, Evgeny Lebedev, Steve Cohen, Ronald Lauder, Elena Lojevsky, Tatyana Akhmedova, Catherine Petitgas, Jolana Leinson and Maya Rasamny, Maryam Eisler, Michelle d’Souza, Mrs Qi, Esther Leong and Ma Weidu.
Other high profile visitors and collectors throughout the fair included: Eddie Redmayne, Bryan Ferry, Zandra Rhodes, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Uma Thurman, Anna Wintour, Sarah Jessica-Parker, Duke of Kent, Arpad Busson, Princess Michael of Kent and Barber Osgerby.
Nazy Vassegh Masterpiece London’s CEO commented “The calibre of works offered at Masterpiece London this year was, across the board, exceptionally high. This strength was reflected in the increased attendance and the presence of many important collectors. I would like to thank the exhibitors and our partners for the huge effort they put into making this an exceptional year, and look forward to 2014 to build on the current success. In the meantime we will be working on a variety of international events to help shape and promote the fair around the world including the European Masterpieces Pavilion at Fine Art Asia 3-7 Oct 2013.”
Photo: © Artlyst 2013