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Seven Things To See At Masterpiece London

Lucie Kitchener, CEO of Masterpiece London, shares her top picks from Masterpiece London this year.

A signed original copy of When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne

Since its inception in 2010, Masterpiece London has become known for its broad cross-collection of art from Old Masters Paintings to rare books, sculpture, design, furniture, jewellery and ceramics. Held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, this year it runs until July 6th showing work from 160 international exhibitors. 

Chief executive Lucie Kitchener presents her must-see pieces at this year's show. 

Black & White Fulco cuffs by Vedura

These were inspired by the original Maltese Cross Cuffs that Vedura designed for Coco Chanel in the 1930s. I love the story behind their creation and the shift in jewellery design they heralded and inspired. 

DK engineering, Ferrari 250GT SWB

This is the only car which was painted by Ferrari when new in “Verde Tevere” a very rare colour which was to reflect the Green of Rome’s Tiber River. The car has been Classiche Certified by Ferrari, a certification established by Ferrari specifically to provide restoration and maintenance certificates of authenticity.

Egyptian Fragment from The Book of the Dead, shown at Charles Ede Ancient Art and Antiquities 

This is a precious Egyptian fragment from the book of the dead, Early Ptolemaic Period, C.300 BC, on linen.

Douglas & Mike Starn ‘The no mind not thinks no things thing #7’, at HackelBury Fine Art

Twins and collaborators, Doug and Mike Starn have a diverse conceptual practice that freely mixes photography, printmaking, sculpture, and architectural installation. 

MacConnal-Mason Gallery, John Atkinson Grimshaw's ‘Scarborough from the seats near The Grand Hotel’, 1878 

Grimshaw travelled widely, from Glasgow to London, he had a particular affinity with Scarborough, from 1876 – 1881 renting a house in Mulgrave Place which he referred to as his ‘Castle by the Sea’.

Sundarame Tagore Gallery, Anila Quaayum Agha ‘This is NOT a Refuge II’  

Credit Drew Baron at Columbia Museum

Agha’s work will take over the Masterpiece Presents area of the fair. ‘This is NOT a Refuge II’ explores the loss of family and home that stems from displacement and resettlement.

‘When We Were Very Young' – A.A. Milne at Peter Harrington Rare Books 

This is is a first edition extraordinary presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his wife Daphne on the front free endpaper: “To the girl we love from her two boys. Nov 2, 1924”. Her two boys are A. A. Milne himself and their son Christopher Robin Milne, the dedicatee of this work, and the model for the Christopher Robin, hero of the Pooh books.