An art dealer's weekend

June 26 2011

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Museum conservators, look away now...

This weekend we're setting up for 'Masterpiece'. Millions of pounds worth of art is being shuffled hither thither, as the carpenters, painters, cleaners and dealers put the finishing touches to what promises to be a fine fair. It's dusty, nosiy and exceedingly hot. But I love installing exhibitions and displays, from hanging the pictures to setting the lights. I guess it's the frustrated curator in me.

In this photo you can see our full-length portrait of Lady Frances Montagu, waiting to be hung. Behind me a clock specialist is setting the time on his stock, producing a delightfully somnolent sound. At the end of the corridor a two seater Spitfire has been wheeled into position (it's yours for £2m...). 

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