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Masterpiece London announces inaugural American Committee

Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

From Bugatti to bronzes, Cartier to Cognac, Picasso to pink diamonds, this summer’s Masterpiece London leaves little to be desired. Taking place June 28 – July 4, the Fair features 11 leading galleries from the United States as well as the first American Committee.

The American Committee co-chairs include Geoffrey Bradfield, Mario Buatta, Ellie Cullman, Jamie Drake, Audrey Gruss, Susan Gutfreund, Scott Snyder, and Rose Tarlow. “The participation of these design luminaries on our American Committee is indisputable testimony that Masterpiece London offers one of the most outstanding collections in the world,” says Woodham Smith.

Returning exhibitors include Kentshire Galleries, Michele Beiny, Les Enluminures, Safani Gallery, Elle Shushan, Tambaran Gallery, A La Vielle Russie and The Silver Fund. First-time participants include The Merrin Gallery, Fred Leighton, Siegelson, and Sperone Westwater, who will share a stand with Alberto di Castro, the Roman dealer, juxtaposing contemporary art with antiques.

“The reputation of these eleven galleries in their respective fields is utterly unsurpassed,” said Thomas Woodham Smith, co-founder and Creative Director of Masterpiece London.

Before the fair opens, each and every piece is stringently vetted by a panel of experts. “Both a lack of transparency and the unregulated nature of the market can be major anxieties, not only to novice buyers but even well-informed and established collectors,” said Woodham-Smith. “To relieve any doubts, all the items on show undergo a painstaking vetting process that is at the backbone Masterpiece London, guaranteeing that every buyer departs with full confidence in the soundness of their acquisitions.”

The fair also features a complimentary education program of informative lectures offered by leading experts, including those from The Wallace Collection in London.

Masterpiece London showcases the best of the best in fine and decorative arts, along with premium collectors’ items such as classic cars, fine wines, jewelry, and exemplary design. Centered around both The Olympics and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the event is not to be missed, and kicks off with a preview June 27 to benefit CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. Tickets are $160 per person and can be purchased online.

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