Celebrities, connoisseurs, socialites and the just plain curious are dashing to the English capital this week to attend Masterpiece London, the star-studded art and antiques fair that has become a must-go event in the art and antiques world since it launched in 2010.
In 1863 French doctor Louis Thomas Jérôme Auzoux created a life-size model of an African gorilla as an anatomical and anthropological teaching tool for students at Paris’s École de Médecine. Made of papier-mâché and modeled after a specimen captured in Gabon, Auzoux’s original prototype is being offered by Peter Petrou Works of Art for approximately $260,000.
Based on a 1793 design by George Hepplewhite, the great English cabinetmaker, this extraordinary circa-1800 mahogany gentleman’s social table is 28.5 inches tall and 42.25 inches in diameter, features gleaming brass banding, and banded with gleaming brass, and holds decanters or bottles of wine in metal sleeves. The central well—shown filled with a giant bottle of Pol Roger—is actually an ice bucket. The Marquess of Salisbury owns a similar historic table, which is displayed in a dining room at Hatfield House, though typically it would have been used for after-dinner imbibing. Apter-Fredericks is offering the antique for $150,000.
Swiss-born, Paris-based designer Mattia Bonetti created only five examples of his 2012 Venetian console for Editions David Gill. Bronze cabriole legs composed of hundreds of bronze beads hold up a vivid asymmetrical blue top made of scagliola, a handmade artificial marble. David Gill Gallery is selling the table for approximately $92,000.
Another element that really caught our eye was this lighting in one of the stands from Moritz Waldemeyer that creates these floating LED Candles
A Toy fit for a King