With Masterpiece 2015 right round the corner, we had the opportunity to sit down with Chairman Philip Hewat Jaboor to learn more about the fair this year!
What inspired you to work in the art world?
My grandfather was a serious collector of Chinese porcelain and sporting paintings so I grew up in an environment which stimulated an interest in works of art. When I left school I was invited by Peter Wilson, the remarkable chairman of Sotheby’s, to join their small study course after which I was offered a job at Sotheby’s Belgravia which pioneered the study of the 19th century. Subsequently, I worked at Bond Street in the furniture department before developing with others the beginnings of what has now become their client advisory services department. I left and started, what was then novel, my art consultancy business.
5ive words to describe Masterpiece London?
Global: Inspiring: Beautiful: Enlightening: Pioneering
What should a first time visitor to Masterpiece London expect?
The visitor should expect to find an extraordinary range of outstanding works of artranging from classical antiquity to the present day in all fields and from all over the world – including sculpture, furniture, ceramics, paintings displayed with great panache and style with exhibitors keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with the visitor. An astonishing opportunity, to look and to learn as well as to buy.
How do you spend your free time in London?
I spend a great deal of time l looking at works of arts in my favourite museums – particularly the Wallace Collection, the Sir John Soane and the British Museum; as well, of course, as keeping abreast of the dealers, galleries and exhibitions which are the lifeblood of the London art world. A little clothes shopping and, of course, thecity’s great restaurants are both essential.
Visitors to London have, like the microcosm that is Masterpiece, an unrivalled opportunity to see great works of art and architecture spanning millennia. The depth of the country’s great architectural heritage can be savoured by visiting some of London’s great houses and palaces - Windsor Castle, Osterley Park, Syon Park, Chiswick House, Ham House, Greenwich, and magical gardens such as the little-visited Painshill and the parks that form such a unique part of the city’s townscapes. The summer months allow for the riches of the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace to be explored and Tate Modern, in its splendid building, present an unrivalled choice of contemporary art. The Victoria and Albert Museum houses an encyclopaedic collection of works of art and this summer it has wonderful sartorial exhibitions, including Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. In keeping with this sartorial element, the National Portrait Gallery will open the spectacular exhibition ‘Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon’which will chart the glamour and beauty of Hepburn.
What is planned for Masterpiece 2015?
We have anumber of new exhibitors broadening and deepening the extraordinary range of works of art including Richard Green, Kraemer Gallery, Jacques de la Béraudière, Van Cleef & Arpel, Nilufar, Nukaga Gallery, David Gill Gallery,who will offer a plethora of magnificent works including a wonderful collectionof works by L.S.Lowry from Richard Green to newly created jewels (created forMasterpiece London by Van Cleef & Arpels.)
Each year brings further refinements and subtle adjustments to theoverall offering of the Fair. At the entranceto the Fair this year we have, for the first time displayed together, two monumental sculptures of ‘Adam’ and ‘Eve’by Richard Hudson, represented by Leila Heller Gallery; and a seductive aluminium bench by Thomas Heatherwick, which forms part of his exceptional ‘Extrusions’ collection ofworks; Pangolin Gallery will offer the monumental work ‘Messenger’ by William Tucker RA, a brilliant and tactile work. In addition, we shall showcase the 600,000th piano by Steinway & Sons, ‘The Fibonnaci’, and our salon partners this year are the silversmiths Puiforcat and Faberge.
Finally, our charitypartner this year is the NSPCC and we look forward to hosting The Neo-Romantic Art Gala Reception with them on Tuesday 30th June from 7pm. Tickets for this are on sale for £100 at http://www.nspcc.org.uk/artgala