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    A fragment from an Egyptian water clock.

    The last fragment of an Egyptian water clock still in private hands  and a painting containing one of the few self portraits by Bernardo Bellotto are among the rarities at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in 2011.

    The 2011 fair at Maastricht in The Netherlands, the 24th, will include over 30,000 objects, all rigorously vetted by an international committee of experts. Maastricht has built its reputation on the unique quality of its exhibits.  It will run from March 18 to March 27.

    The Egyptian water clock was commissioned  by Alexander the Great c332-323 BC. It depicts Alexander offering wine in front of the goddess Hathor.  Water clocks were used to measure time in temples, and ensure that rituals were carried out at the appropriate hour.  It will be offered for sale by Galerie Harmakhis of Brussels for 150,000 euro.

    Architectural Capriccio with a self-portrait of Bellotto in the costume of a Venetian Nobleman depicts the

    Architectural Capriccio by Bellotto

    lavishly clad artist extending his arm proudly towards the splendid surroundings.  Otto Naumann of New York will exhibit the work priced at 8.2 million euro.

    In 2011 TEFAF Paper includes a loan exhibition.  Wim Pijbes, managing director at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, will bring his personal choice of late 15th century works on paper from the museum’s collection.  Directors Choice, the Happy Hunter will show prints and drawings with a hunting theme.  TEFAF is the best hunting place for professional and private collectors, Wim Pijbes remarked.

    Everything at the fair, which covers antiques, paintings, antiquities, modern design, jewellery, paper and manuscripts, is covered by 28 specialist vetting committees.  All modern and contemporary art is also vetted.

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