Courtesy of Verdura
During the summer, when London’s art and cultural calendar is at its height, the city buzzes with excitement. And the highlight of this year’s season may well be Masterpiece London (June 27 through July 3), now in its fourth year and quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most multifaceted art, antiques and design festivals around. “It’s a true collectors’ fair,” says CEO Nazy Vassegh. “It’s everything from antiques to contemporary art.”
Indeed, this year’s fair will feature works as varied as Puzzle Portrait, a 1978 painting by Roy Lichtenstein that was purchased directly from the artist in 1983, and a white Carrara marble statue of Bacchus by 17th-century Italian sculptor Domenico Pieratti.
But art isn’t the only thing for sale and for show. Verdura, the iconic American jewelry company, is exhibiting at the fair for the third year. “Fulco di Verdura lived in the U.K. upon his retirement,” notes brand chairman Ward Landrigan. “We are bringing Verdura back home.”
To celebrate its New York Style collection, the original Maltese cuffs that Verdura designed for Coco Chanel will be on display in conjunction with on-sale vintage pieces, such as a 38-carat diamond bracelet ($385,000); a sapphire-and-emerald brooch ($169,500); and a Ceylon sapphire, emerald and diamond ring ($325,000). South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea; 44-20/7499-7470; masterpiecefair.com.