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    Thursday, March 9th, 2017

    If you want Old Masters or modern giants, from Breughel to Monet to Van Gogh to Picasso, TEFAF in Maastricht is the place to be.  The European Fine Art Fair which runs from March 10 to 19 is an assembly of art, antiques and antiquities like no other. Business has been brisk at a press preview where some of the leading curators in the world rubbed shoulders with billionaires in pursuit of the range of the sometimes gobsmacking delights on offer.  London dealers Colnaghi made a five million euro sale at preview. Their previously unknown masterpiece by  Bartolomeo Cavarozzi (1587-1625) has been in the same family collection for over a century and had been misattributed.

    Where else can you expect to find a Van Gogh on a stand at a fair? His view of The New Church and Old Houses in The Hague is priced at 2.25 million at the Dutch Gallery Albricht and they anticipate a quick sale.  Quality and rarity abounds.  Histoire Ancienne jusqu’à César and Fait des Romains, c.1370-80, an illuminated manuscript on parchment with 78 miniatures by the Master of the Coronation of Charles VI, is at Les Enluminures.  This historical chronicle, with impeccable provenance and once in the collection of Chester Beatty, is priced at $4.5 million.  A lime wood and walnut Julius Caesar, c.1551 is the earliest recorded work and only-surviving wood sculpture by master sculptor Giambologna (1529-1608).  Tomasso brothers are seeking a price in the region of 1.5 million.  Everything here is rigorously vetted for authenticity.  Here is a small selection:

    This rediscovered work by Bartolomeo Cavarozzi sold for 5 million at Colnaghi

    Vincent van Gogh – The New Church And Old Houses In The Hague at Galerie Albricht

    A cabinet on stand with 13 drawers signed ‘Josef Frank 1965’ at the Swedish firm Modern or Svenskt Tenn priced at 36,000

    A large Monteith at Luis Allegria Ida priced at 290,000

    A pair of armchairs by Diego Giacometti at L’Arc en Seine priced at 650,000

    A Royal Neoclassical Table En Commode For The Personal Use Of King Vittorio at Burzio priced at 250,000.

    A Pair of ‘Soldier’ vases and covers at Jorge Welsh priced at 625,000

    Julius Caesar by Giambologna at Tomasso Brother priced in the region of 1.5 million

    An illuminated manuscript at Les Enluminures priced at $4.5 million

    Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)
    Mu Tamagawa (The Six Jewel Rivers), Kinta Tamagawa at Galerie Tanakaya priced at 65,000


    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
    This floor lamp by Diego Giacometti will be at TEFAF Maastricht next month with L'Arc en Seine

    This floor lamp by Diego Giacometti will be at TEFAF Maastricht next month with L’Arc en Seine

    St Euplius and St John Chrysostom - Russia c1500 - two columns from a royal door will be brought to the fair by Jan Morsink Ikonen

    St Euplius and St John Chrysostom – Russia c1500 – two columns from a royal door will be brought to the fair by Jan Morsink Ikonen

    THE European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) is going to New York.  The world’s foremost fair of art, antiques and design will travel to the Park Avenue Armory in New York next October and in May 2017.  Building on the 30 year success of TEFAF Maastricht and through a joint venture with Artvest it will launch two TEFAF fairs to be presented annually in New York.  TEFAF Fall will focus on art from antiquity to the 20th century; TEFAF Spring will emphasize modern and contemporary art and design.

    This year the European Fine Art Fair runs at Maastricht in The Netherlands from March 11-20.

    “TEFAF represents the highest level of quality and connoisseurship, which are values we share with the dealers and collectors who participate in our shows,” noted Willem van Roijen, Chairman of TEFAF.  “Our fair has also established itself as the leading showcase for introducing fresh works to the marketplace and is further distinguished by its rigorous vetting process for both participating galleries and works of art. These same core principles are the foundation of the fairs that we are conceiving for New York and the U.S.”


    Thursday, January 6th, 2011

    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.