15 Nov 2019
June 18, 2019 - Filed under: Exhibitions — Mark

The tenth annual Masterpiece London art and antique fair is to be held in Chelsea later this month and is set to attract collectors from all over the world.

This fair is the place to find antique furniture sold for tens of thousands of pounds. Only dealers selling high-end antiques and art can afford to attend the fair. The base cost of a stand can be £40,000 and on top of that, dealers have to pay for insurance, shipping, travel and accommodation. Dealers and fair organisers also need to pay for security. In 2017, thieves stole three rings from a stand which were worth around £2 million.

An Irish dealer, Rory Rogers has estimated that it is costing him €100,000 (£89,000) to attend the fair, but his 18th-century Irish furniture usually sells for between £35,000 to £250,000. He says:

“It’s my passion and I travel the world sourcing it and have some very important pieces for this fair.”

Amongst his pieces are four George II 18th century cabinets. They are decorated with shell and feather by ladies who lived in Irish stately homes.

A standard ticket to Masterpiece costs £38.50. As well as browsing the antiques on display, visitors can also attend talks and discussions featuring representatives from the world’s leading cultural institutions. Perrier-Jouet is holding exclusive champagne tastings. Masterpiece will be taking place from June 27th to July 3rd.

If your budget for antique cabinets does not stretch to tens of thousands of pounds, then you can find quality affordable antiques at Lancashire antique shops.

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