Masterpiece is the hot ticket of the summer and visitors can be easily drawn into the spectator sport of people-watching. While glamorous outfits and hairstyles are aesthetically appealing on their own, the calibre of the items on display and for sale are so enchanting that you will easily forget you’re standing next to Poppy Delevingne.
Items that span the disciplines date from 3000 years ago to the present day, and range from first-edition signed copies of Ulysses, to Monets being swept up for a cool few million. Antique royal carriages, dazzling jewelry, ancient Roman sculpture and so much more are there to please the eye and more importantly, to tell a story. Each piece is both aesthetically magnificent and historically significant. These items come from all over the world, throughout centuries and together they give a glimpse of the cultures, people, craftsmen, and those who appreciate them, which make the world so beautiful.
The huge antique globes feel especially significant, as they emphasise the global nature of the experience. Whoever you are, wherever your interests lie, there will be something (likely many things!) to suck you in for you to pore over in amazement.
Post-window shopping, or actual shopping, indulging in the luxurious food is a must to refresh yourself for round two of treasure hunting. Our recommendation is Le Caprice, who have created a package for two which includes Masterpiece tickets, a 3 course lunch or dinner for two at the fair’s Le Caprice, water, wine and service charge. It is set up at the back in a beautiful, open, airy space, and is serving up dishes that are masterpieces in themselves. Ceviche with plantain chips is a succulent and refreshingly zingy starter, while yellowfin tuna on a bed of pearl couscous is decadent without being heavy. Wash it all down with fabulous desserts and endless champagne, before making your way out again. If you can’t get a table or want to recharge somewhere else, Caprice Holdings also have The Ivy Bar, Scott’s Seafood and Champagne Bars, and The Mount Street Deli popping up throughout the event. Like the pieces, there is something for all tastes in cuisine as well.
From serious art-collectors all the way to those with a passing fancy in stamps, Masterpiece is the most extravagantly delightful event. On until July 1, visit their website for more information on how to book tickets.
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By Jillian Levick