This week we visited one of the world’s leading art and antiques fairs, Masterpiece London 2012. It attracts thousands of people passionate about cars, wine, contemporary design, exquisite jewellery and the best of the fine and decorative arts.

The marquee has an exterior cladding like the facade of a Sir Christopher Wren building and inside there are row upon row of well curated stands by the worlds most respected dealers. It goes without saying that we were mostly interested in what you can acquire to fill your home rather than your garage or wine rack but none-the-less it was an interesting visit.

The Masterpiece 2012 marquee

The Masterpiece 2012 marquee

Here are our favourite interior items from the show.

From Sebastian Barquet - specialists in rare American and European post-war 20th Century design

Armchairs

Stand: Sebastian + Barquet. Vintage Armchairs

Nest chair

Stand: Sebastian + Barquet. Nest chair made of welded half dollars

From Sinai & Sons – 19th & 20th Century Decorative Arts

‘Giornali’ A Unique Lithographically and Transfer-Printed Wood and Brass Desk By Piero Fornasetti, circa 1950s

Stand: Sinai & Sons. ‘Giornali’ A Unique Lithographically and Transfer-Printed Wood and Brass Desk By Piero Fornasetti, circa 1950s

Prints of Piero Fornasetti designs can bee seen everywhere on dinner plates to wallpapered changing rooms which is a shame as it has somewhat diluted the beauty of his designs.  This original desk by the Italian designer caught our eye. Fornasetti loved printing and owned his own printing press and as the Sinai & Sons catalogue describes,

“A piece like the Giornali desk reflects the profusion of the printed word, here shown in a babble of languages, overlapping and melting into one another.”

From Godson & Coles - Fine Art and Antique Furniture

George I period scarlet japanned double domed bureau cabinet

Stand: Godson & Coles. George I period scarlet japanned double domed bureau cabinet

This is an exceptional George I period scarlet japanned double domed bureau cabinet attributed to John Belchier, English, c.1720.

Godson & Coles stand with painting by Merlyn Evans

Godson & Coles stand with painting by Merlyn Evans

From Meta - Contemporary designer furniture with a scientific edge

Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend Sconce

Stand: Meta. Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend Sconce

 

A lantern turned jewel by Matali Crasset

Stand: Meta. A lantern turned jewel by Matali Crasset

“The Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” lighting range by Meta are made in handblown glass and Paktong metal. Paktong is a unique, non tarnishing metal that is silvered but with a gold hue that first appeared in China in the 12th Century and disappeared in the 19th Century. Meta found a Chinese candlestick from 1720 and decided to recreate this metal for their new designs by Matali Crasset. The team approached Oxford University for the job and subsequently worked with their archaeological material sciences unit and a specialist foundry to recreate this luxurious metal.

We love the energy of this new company and look forward to seeing more designs from them in 2012.