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  • Good as Gold


    Antiques icon Ronald Phillips on Bruton Street is the last dealer in the area. So is this a blessing or a curse? Owner Simon Phillips fills Mayfair Times in and tells them why he’ll never leave Mayfair.

  • RONALD PHILLIPS AT THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW


    Simon Phillips talks us through some of his favourite pieces that will be displayed on the company’s stand at The International Show in New York. The booth of over 30 lots presents a wealth of opportunities for international collectors and interior designers and the rich and varied array of items will suit many tastes.


    Booth: B2
    23rd -29th October 2015 

    The Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street, New York

     

  • RONALD PHILLIPS AT SPRING MASTERS NEW YORK


    THE RONALD PHILLIPS BOOTH AT SPRING MASTERS

    The second edition of Spring Masters New York was held at the historic Park Avenue Armory. Helmed by Michael Plummer and Jeff Rabin of Artvest Partners, Spring Masters presented a selection of art and design from antiquity through the 21st century in a contemporary context, marking a significant evolution of the fair model . According to Plummer, “The scene in New York in May had become rather sleepy and was not living up to the standard of more innovative fair events that had developed in London, Paris, Miami, Basel and Maastricht. In terms of the spring fair calendar, New York had fallen behind, until Frieze appeared. But Frieze only served the most contemporary sector of the market, which left a wide opening for Spring Masters.”

    SIMON PHILLIPS AT SPRING MASTERS

    Thus the fair included a wide range of historical periods, design and decorative arts, and a booth- kind of like a model living room- created by Jamie Drake and Drake Design Associates, whose clients have included Madonna. The hexagonal, honeycomb booth layout was designed by the architect Rafael Vinoly. According to Simon Phillips “The hexagonal layout makes it more difficult to design, but its less boring and much more interesting.” Plummer adds, “While it makes great sense to combine art and design from different periods, it also brings with it the challenge of getting it to fit together in a cohesive way in a residential environment. A designer is the best resource to help with this challenge.”

    ONE OF A PAIR OF THE ST GILES HOUSE COMMODES ON THE RONALD PHILLIPS BOOTH

    This year’s nonprofit booth, Project Art, provides art classes to elementary schoolchildren affected by budget cuts to art education. Funding their project- a modest $20 buys a paintbrush that will hang on the booth’s wall- could help nurture the next generation of artists.

  • The NSPCC Joins Masterpiece London As The 2015 Charity Partner


     

     

    Masterpiece London, the leading international cross-collecting fair for art, antiques and design, returns to The Royal Hospital Chelsea in 2015. Running from 25 June – 1 July, the Fair has become a must-attend event at the heart of the capital’s busy summer art and auction season. Offering for sale museum-quality works with superb provenance and over 150 leading galleries worldwide, Masterpiece provides a huge opportunity to buy the best pieces available across multiple disciplines in the current market. Significant additions to this year’s fair include, London’s renowned fine art gallery Richard Green (UK), Parisian decorative arts dealer, Kraemer Gallery (France), Van Cleef & Arpels (France) and Nilufar (Italy).

     
     An illustration of play therapy, pioneered by the NSPCC. Child is a model. Image credit Tom Hull.

     Masterpiece London is delighted to announce its partnership with the UK’s leading children’s charity, the NSPCC, ahead of this year’s Masterpiece Fair. The NSPCC is leading the fight against child abuse in the UK. The Art Gala will be held on Tuesday 30th June, a glamorous evening including a silent auction, live entertainment, champagne and canapés. Tickets are available at £100 per person –please visit www.masterpiecefair.com to purchase your ticket now. Since 2010, the charity party held during Masterpiece London has raised more than £2.6 million for good causes.

     

  • TEFAF 2015


    A REGENCY CONVEX MIRROR, CIRCA 1805

    TEFAF Maastricht will be taking place from 13th-22nd March, presenting 275 of the world's leading galleries from 20 countries, the fair is an event not to be missed by collectors and museum representatives. TEFAF Maastricht is a continuously evolving showcase for the best works of art currently on the market. In addition to the traditional areas of Old Master Paintings and antique Works of Art, you can see and buy at TEFAF Maastricht a wide variety of Classical Modern and Contemporary Art, Photographs, as well as Jewellery, 20th Century Design and Works on Paper.

    Our Regency convex mirror will be displayed on Koopman Rare Art London's Stand at TEFAF. The mirror retains it's original plate and is of a wonderful design surmounted by a finely carved eagle with acanthus leaf carved sides.

    TEFAF is now perhaps the most businesslike of the major international fairs, a reputation due in part to the eponymous art market report it publishes annually. Commissioned from Clare McAndrew of the research firm Arts Economics, the TEFAF Report is one of the industry's most comprehensive pieces of market research, from contemporary art to antiques.

    Below are some key findings from the 2015 report:

    • The global art market reached a total of over €51 billion in 2014, an increase of 7 percent over 2013, and the highest level ever recorded.
    • The distribution of sales by value in the global art market was dominated by the three major art markets: the US (39 percent); China (22 percent); and the UK (also 22 percent).
    • Approximately 1,530 lots were sold at auction for over €1 million in 2014 (this includes 96 lots for more than €10 million), up nearly 17 percent from 2013.
    • The dealer sector (including dealer and gallery sales and private sales within the art trade) was estimated to account for around 52 percent of the global art and antiques market by value, or some €26.4 billion in 2014.
    • In 2014 Postwar and contemporary art was the largest sector of the fine art market, representing 48 percent of all fine art sales by value. Auction sales of Postwar and contemporary art reached €5.9 billion, up 19 percent on 2013 and the highest total ever recorded.
    • The US was the key center worldwide for sales of Postwar and contemporary art with a share of 46 percent of the market by value.
    • Sales of Modern art were the second largest, accounting for 28 percent of the global fine art auction market with auction sales of €3.3 billion.
    • In 2014, there were 180 major art fairs with an international element, covering fine and decorative art. The top 22 fairs generated visitors in excess of 1 million.
    • Sales made at fairs accounted for a reported 40 percent of all dealer sales in 2014 or an estimated €9.8 billion (the second largest sales channel after in-gallery transactions).
    • In 2014, sales of art online were estimated conservatively to have reached €3.3 billion, or around six percent of global art and antiques sales by value.
    • The middle market has been the focal point for online selling with the majority of sales taking place between about $1,000 and $50,000.
    • Art fairs were again the second largest item of expenditure at €2.3 billion or 19 percent of the total despite only being incurred by dealers.
  • Shop Talk


    Since taking the reins of his family's gallery, London antiques dealer Simon Phillips has expanded the inventory to include rare, impeccably sourced 18th and 19th century English wares, helped launch a glamorous art and antiques fair - this week's Masterpiece London - and cultivated a loyal following of sophisticated collectors.