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Verdura's "Fulco Before Verdura" showcases at Masterpiece London, June 30 - July 6, 2016






June 30 – July 6, 2016


New York, NY (June 2016): This summer, Verdura’s Fulco Before Verdura, A Tale of Two Citiescollection makes its international debut at Masterpiece London. This collection contrasts two chapters of Fulco di Verdura's work in the 1930s: his Byzantine-inspired work with Coco Chanel in Paris and his decidedly modern designs for Golden Age film stars in Hollywood.


One of the most important necklaces on view will be the yellow sapphire, yellow and white diamond “X” necklace that was over seven years in the making.  The design is based on an original design created for Betsey Whitney, wife of John Hay Whitney, the US Ambassador to the UK.  In addition, the new “Caned” cuff will be making its Masterpiece debut.  Its design is taken from a cigarette case commissioned by Cole Porter.  The legendary composer asked Fulco di Verdura to design the case after having admired the canned pattern on a custom Rolls Royce he discovered while visiting London. 


Now in its sixth year, Masterpiece London is one of the leading international art and antiques fair and a highlight of the season for serious collectors. Masterpiece presents a snapshot of the history of art and design from antiquity to the present day.    The fair takes place from June 30 through July 6, on the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea SW3.