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    NEW DATES ANNOUNCED FOR TEFAF MAASTRICHT

    Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

    The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has announced new dates for the the 35th anniversary edition of TEFAF Maastricht. It will take place from June 25 – June 30, 2022 at the MECC. Originally scheduled as usual for March, TEFAF Maastricht was postponed in December due to mounting concerns around COVID-19.

    TEFAF Chairman, Hidde van Seggelen, says: “This was a complex situation which required the input and flexibility of many different individuals and organisations to enable us to reschedule TEFAF Maastricht. We are proud to join several other leading art fairs in June for a key moment in the art world calendar this year. This will be an exciting revival of TEFAF Maastricht in its 35th anniversary edition and an opportunity to once again bring together the world’s leading collectors and art lovers to meet, experience, and appreciate the rich art history for which TEFAF is known.”

    NATIONAL ANTIQUE FAIR AT SOUTH COURT HOTEL LIMERICK

    Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

    In what can be hailed as a welcome return to normality of a sort Ireland’s biggest antique fair for a long time is underway this weekend at the South Court Hotel in Limerick. Visitors are advised to bring their Covid certificates and to wrap up warmly as there will be plenty of ventilation. There is an array of art, furniture, old Irish glass and collectibles of every sort.

    Treasures are showing this 19th century Greek icon

    NON VIRTUAL NATIONAL ANTIQUES FAIR ON THE WAY TO LIMERICK

    Sunday, October 10th, 2021

    Excitement is building about the first post lockdown antique fair which takes place over three days at the South Court Hotel in Limerick from Friday, October 22, the hoped for day when restrictions are due to come to an end. Dealers from right around the island of Ireland who have been unable to display their wares during lockdown have scrambled to get in.New to this fair will be a range of antique furniture and jewellery including French furniture from Co. Tipperary based Nevil Dukes, Raven stamps of Cork and Persian and Turkish rugs from Annamoe Antiques, Co. Wicklow.  An array of antique furniture, Irish art, silver, coins, vintage items, militaria, porcelain and collectibles will be on display. The last physical as distinct from virtual fair organised by Hibernian Antique Fairs was in Co. Roscommon on February 29 and March 1, 2020 and the hope is that this fair will release much pent up demand.

    Nevil Dukes will bring this 19th century green French commode with chinoiserie decoratio

    MANY SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES AT TEFAF ONLINE

    Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
    Portrait of a Man in Armour, c1560, attributed to Gillis Claeissens,

    This Portrait of a Man in Armour, presented by Caretto & Occhinegro at TEFAF Online was acquired by Groeningemuseum, Belgium. Over the course of six days collectors and institutions, including some of the world’s most eminent museums gathered online to learn, discuss, and buy work at the top levels of the international market. Nicolaas Teeuwisse OHG sold Tabula Cebetis (c1550), by the Venetian School, to Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam. A Groeningemuseum, Belgium,  acquired Caretto & Occhinegro’s Portrait of a Man in Armour (c1560), attributed to Gillis Claeissens. Scene in an Italian Country Inn, Possibly a Self-Portrait of the Artist with Her Husband on Their Wedding Trip (1821/25), by Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot, presented by Gallery 19C, was acquired by The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Among many other notable sales a leading Eastern European museum purchased Rococo-Écuelle with Présentoir and Spoon (1751-53) from Helga Matzke.

    “Whether online or in-person, TEFAF is a hub of scholarship, creativity, and expertise, which is reflected in the market success of this year’s fair,” said Charlotte van Leerdam, Managing Director of TEFAF. “We are pleased with the reception of TEFAF Online 2021, attracting not only private buyers, but a strong contingent of public institutions and eminent museums, evidence that the work presented at TEFAF is the golden standard of quality. We are eager to welcome this growing community to Maastricht again next March”.

    AN IRISH ARTIST AT TEFAF ONLINE FAIR

    Saturday, September 11th, 2021

    Siobhan Hapaska is one of a very small number of Irish artists who feature at TEFAF online fair.  This not to be missed event runs until September 13 with no less than 255 leading global dealers available to everyone at the click of a keyboard. It offers masterworks across all collecting categories. Us is the title of this piece by Hapaska at Hidde van Seggelen’s gallery, previously based in London and operating out of Hamburg since 2018. Hidde van Seggelen is chairman of TEFAF. Hapaska uses a variety of synthetic and natural materials to create work that ranges from abstract to hyperrealistic. Born in Belfast in 1963 Hapaska’s art is in numerous public and private collections including Tate Modern and the British Council.  In Ireland she is represented by the Kerlin Gallery. 

    Siobhan Hapaska – Us  Image copyright the artist and Kerlin Gallery.

    A FRAGMENT OF EAST AND WEST IN DIAMONDS AND EMERALDS

    Friday, September 10th, 2021
    BHAGAT Diamonds – Fragment brooch

    Inspired by Mughal architecture this brooch is designed as a jewelled ‘fragment’. It features an Old-European cut diamond weighing 4.82 carats surmounted by a faceted Colombian Emerald drop weighing 9.77 carats. The brooch is mounted in Platinum, signed BHAGAT. This Fragment Brooch by BHAGAT Diamonds of Mumbai is now on display at TEFAF online.

    BHAGAT produces fewer than 60 pieces a year and works with a strictly limited but opulent palette of precious gemstones, often rare and important stones in vintage cuts, and platinum. The essence of BHAGAT’s originality lies in the manner in which classical Indian forms and motifs are united with a contemporary sensibility that, while it combines aspects of east and west, is entirely original. Now in its fourth and fifth generations, BHAGAT is run by Viren along with his two sons, Varun and Jay. In recent years their works have been displayed at The Kremlin State Museum in Moscow, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The Miho Museum in Kyoto, The Grand Palais in Paris, The Palazzo Ducale in Venice and the Palace Museum in Beijing.

    TODAY IS PREVIEW DAY FOR TEFAF ONLINE

    Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

    The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has virtually gathered a community of collectors, institutions, and art lovers from around the world for todays preview of TEFAF Online 2021. The fair will open to the public tomorrow and runs until September 13. This second edition of TEFAF’s digital fair brings the rich stories behind each work of art to life through TEFAF Collections, robust virtual programming, and the unsurpassed scholarship of over 267 top exhibitors. 

    “TEFAF Online 2021 is a celebration of expertise, art and storytelling.” said Charlotte van Leerdam, Managing Director of TEFAF. “We are grateful that our community is able to come together safely online during this time to enjoy the beauty of these works and continue participating in the top levels of the international art market from wherever they are in the world.”

    THIS SMALL PLATE IN LACQUER WITH GEOMETRIC DECORATIONS AT GALERIE MARCELPOIL IS BY THE IRISH DESIGNER EILEEN GRAY (1878-1976)

    TEFAF ONLINE COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER

    Sunday, August 15th, 2021

    Leading international dealers from New York to London to Paris to Mumbai and Tokyo and all points between will take part in the online version of The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF)  online fair. This daddy of all fairs will  run from September 9-13 with no less than 255 world class exhibitors available to everyone at the click of a keyboard. TEFAF is normally held in Maastricht and in New York in latter day pre-pandemic years. Exhibitors are known for the unrivaled quality of the works they present from antiquity to the present day. Organisers say the event will offer exciting new digital features to showcase a rich array of more than 700 works. There will be 12 next exhibitors.Meantime the British Museum, with the support of TEFAF, has announced a project ot restore eight ancient glass vessels severely damaged in the Beirut port explosion last August.  Dating from the Roman and Islamic periods they were on display at the Archaeological Museum at the American University of Beirut, 3.2 kms from the blast. The collaboration will see hundreds of glass fragments pieced together and restored at the conservation laboratories at the British Museum.

    A 1st/2nd century AD marble Head Fragment of a Polykleitan Youth at TEFAF.  Image Courtesy of Kallos Gallery London.

    VIRTUAL ANTIQUE FAIR NOW ONLINE IN IRELAND

    Saturday, June 26th, 2021

    This Georgian oak tilt tip table with original snap action can be found online at the tenth virtual Hibernian antique fair which is open today and tomorrow. It is priced at just €195 at The Very Thing stand by Barry and Fiona O’Leary. The fair is now live and can be accessed on the following link: https://hibernianantiques.com/fairs/10

    MASTERPIECE ONLINE GETS UNDERWAY IN LONDON TODAY

    Thursday, June 24th, 2021

    This exceptional ormolu mounted commode by Pierre Langlois is among the items being showcased by Harry Apter at London’s Masterpiece Fair online which runs from today until June 27. This leading British fair normally held at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea attracts dealers and buyers from around the globe. The wide ranging exhibits include contemporary art, jewellery, ceramics, Old Master paintings, Asian and Western contemporary painting, rare books and manuscripts, glassware, antiquities, natural history, sculpture, post war design and British art. Masterpiece’s exhibitors span all eras and disciplines and include many of the world’s most distinguished art dealerships. Visitors can login online at the Masterpiece website.