02 June 2015

Masterpiece London, in just a few years, has established itself as the pre-eminent Art, Antiques and Design Fair in the UK.
We have participated since its inception in 2010 and have enjoyed seeing it grow its international reputation for showcasing some of the most interesting, unusual and spectacular art available on the world market.
Unlike old fashioned and traditional antique shows, Masterpiece has no boundaries in terms of dateline, material/medium or scale, it simply sets out to celebrate excellence.

Originally we felt that there was something a little awkward about the name of the event, but it has somehow just become synonymous with the show and its brand, so our vernacular pieces seem less vulnerable to being categorised as masterpieces and rather are able to breathe and be celebrated for the inherent qualities of their originality, surface and design.

We believe it is a wonderful forum to present and exhibit the finest and most exciting works of Folk, Naïve and Vernacular Art and for them to be shown alongside significant pieces by some of the great names from the history of art and spectacular examples of contemporary art and design.
So each year we try to source special pieces for Masterpiece and hopefully things that are fresh to the market.

This year we have been privileged to acquire works from three British private collections, including this iconic pair of continuous arm West Country “Yealmpton” Windsor armchairs, from a Cornish Private Collection. They are of classic form and closely similar to a documentary example found in the Gatehouse, Lanhydrock House, Bodmin, Cornwall, (illustrated and described in Bernard D Cotton, “The English Regional Chair, ACC 1990, page 276, Figure SW46).They date to c.1815 – 30 and both retain much historic painted surface. Cotton states “This design is described within the American tradition as the ‘continuous arm Windsor’, since the arms and back and back are made from a single cleft segment of wood, bent to form an attractive flowing line, resulting in a style of great elegance.” They are a rare vernacular type, apparently only created in the West Country and particularly in and around the village of Yealmpton, Devon. 

These two armchairs are the finest examples of their type that we know of and certainly that we have had the privilege of handling. They benefit from fine sinuous lines and deeply saddled seats, have great integrity and originality and remarkable colour and surface.

We have kept them aside to exhibit at Masterpiece London 2015.



Gallery Tour