Information about Art, Antiques and Auctions in Ireland and around the world
  • About Des
  • Contact
  • Posts Tagged ‘TEFAF Maastricht’


    Saturday, March 23rd, 2024
    This 17th century Safavid Mirror was acquired from Sao Roque by the Aga Khan Foundation in Toronto for around €200,000 at TEFAF Maastricht.

    Major institutional sales, seven figures sales and a growth in international private collectors were notched up in Maastricht this month.  Over eight days nearly 50,000 visitors flocked to The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) to see 7000 years of art history displayed by 270 exhibitors from 22 countries across ancient art, antique furniture, paintings, modern and contemporary art and design and works on paper. With 300 museum directors and 650 curators attending the emerging trends noted were juxtaposing the old and the new and huge interest in female artists, cultural heritage and preservation.   Displays of ancient art on contemporary furniture and delicate porcelain contemporary flowers on 17th century Delftware fragments sold to private collectors for six figure sums. The Rijksmuseum acquired the only signed painting by Gesina ter Borch (1631-1690).

    The asking price was €4.5 million for Van Gogh’s Head of an old peasant woman with a White Cap at New Orlean’s based gallery M S Rau, sold for an undisclosed sum. Koopman, which sold the personal seal of Lord Nelson to a private collector, reported that clients were aggressively chasing the top objects. The Aga Khan Foundation in Toronto acquired a 17th century Safavid mirror for €200,000. Against a background of multiple seven figure sales an insiders collecting guide drew specific attention to objects priced at under €20,000.  This is just a flavour from a fair which showed the international market to be in a state of rude good health.

     Tête de Paysanne à la Coiffe Blanche by Van Gogh was sold by New Orleans based M S Rau for several million euro at TEFAF.


    Saturday, March 9th, 2024

    The starting point for the Sarah Myerscough Gallery exhibit at TEFAF Maastricht, which opens to the public today and runs until March 14, is monoliths.  Place one in the landscape and the surroundings are changed.  Structures like Stonehenge or the metal monoliths of Utah signal other worldly and mystic influences.  Myerscoughs Monolith exhibition presents work that supports a magical view of the world while being at the same time grounded in the expertise and innovation of contemporary designers.  Pictured here is Conical 2024 by John Makepeace, made of oak, ripple sycamore, bog oak, magnolia and cotton velvet. Widely regarded as the world’s premier fair for fine arts, antiques and design the 37th edition of TEFAF has brought 270 prestigious dealers from 22 countries to Maastricht.


    Friday, March 8th, 2024
    Lavinia Fontana – Portrait of Antonietta Gonzales, 1592T

    This re-discovered portait of Antonietta Gonzales by Lavinia Fontana is at Rob Smeets Gallery of Geneva on Stand 348 at TEFAF Maastricht which runs until March 14. Like her father and siblings Antonietta suffered from hypertrichosis or werewolf syndrome, a genetic disease that causes invasive hair growth. Her father Petrus Gonzales was offered to Henri II, King of France, as a gift for his coronation and worked at the royal court under the title Monsieur Sauvage. His eventual marriage to Catherine Raffelin, Antonietta’s mother, is believed to be the basis for the story of Beauty and the Beast.

    Lavinia Fontana, regarded as the first professional woman artist in European art history, is able to capture the tenderness of the ten year old Antonietta with a clear empathy between artist and sitter.


    Tuesday, February 20th, 2024
    Ludovico Mazzolino – The Crossing of the Red Sea

    The programming schedule for TEFAF Maastricht includes Conversations on Conservation on March 9 at 3 pm. This will focus on the conservation of Ludovico Mazzolino’s (c. 1480–c. 1530) masterpiece, The Crossing of the Red Sea (1521). The National Gallery of Ireland has received funding from TEFAF to restore the work, which has been part of its collection for over a century. The painting, in its current fragile state, cannot be safely displayed. The Crossing of the Red Sea requires extensive conservation efforts. The National Gallery of Ireland will collaborate with experts in Mazzolino’s work to better understand his artistic practice so that this rare large-scale painting can be sensitively restored and made accessible to the visiting public.

    TEFAF will run from March 9-14 at the MECC Maastricht. It will be preceeded by invitation only days on March 7 and 8.

    (See post on for January 16, 2024).


    Thursday, March 16th, 2023
    Joaquin Sorolla – Girls on a Beach

    TEFAF has made a spectacular return to its traditional March dates in Maastricht.  Tens of thousands of collectors and art lovers descended on Maastricht from around the world to see and acquire 7,000 years of the very best art history, presented by 270 exhibitors from 20 countries.  More than 250 museums and institutions visited the previews.  Among them were major institutions like the National Gallery of Washington; Art Institute of Chicago; J. Paul Getty Museum; MoMa; Metropolitan Museum of Art; American Friends of the Louvre; American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay; Guggenheim; Uffizi; Teylers Museum; Van Gough Museum; Rijksmuseum; Museum of Fine Art Boston; Louvre; Toledo Museum; Dallas Museum; Kimbell Museum; Museum Voorlinden; Mauritshuis; Cleveland Museum; Frick Collection; Museum Barberini; Kunstpalast Düsseldorf; Minneapolis Institute of Art; National Gallery of London and National Galleries of Scotland. 

    Security is tight.  Among many notable sales was a painting by Joaquin Sorolla titled Girls on a Beach on which the Barcelona Gallery Arthur Ramon Art of Barcelona had an asking price of €2,700,000.  The first exhibition of Sorolla’s work in Ireland was at the National Gallery in 2019.

    (See post on for August 10, 2019)


    Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

    The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) will run at Maastricht in The Netherlands from March 11 – 19, 2023, with invitation only days taking place on March 9 and 10. Galleries between 3 and 10 years old and whose breadth of expertise mirrors the scope of TEFAF Maastricht as a whole are selected for Showcase which next year will take place in the area that has previously been the Works on Paper section. In 2023 visitors to Showcase at the fair can look forward to exploring Old Masters; 19th century European works; ethnographic art and antiques; early 20th century paintings, drawings and sculpture; Italian & European sculpture; 20th century design; rare books; 20th century British art; and contemporary art. Showcase 2023 participants are Ambrose Naumann Fine Art (USA); Ben Hunter (UK); Callisto Fine Arts (UK); Elliott Fine Art (UK); Frederick Mouraux Gallery (Belgium); Galerie Maxime Flatry (France); Miriam Di Penta Fine Arts (Italy); Pingel Rare Books (France); Willoughby Gerrish (UK); and Zebregs&Röell Fine Art and Antiques (Netherlands).


    Friday, June 24th, 2022
    Necklace, 1969. Platinum, white gold, 59 sapphires for about 65.95 carats (Burma, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Thailand, Cambodia), diamonds. Heritage Collection.

    This magnificent 1969 Heritage necklace will be presented by Van Cleef and Arpels at TEFAF Maastricht which runs from June 25-30. The 59 sapphires of various origins and shapes are displayed as an exceptional ensemble of precious stones set in white gold and platinum.

    The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) returns to Maastricht in signature style, revealing a selection of recent discoveries and masterpieces for the 35th edition. TEFAF Maastricht attracts the world’s leading dealers and is unrivalled in terms of the breadth and depth of the works presented.


    Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022
    ‘Japonisme’ Gilt and Patinated Bronze and Cloisonne Table by Ferdinand Barbedienne – Design attributed to Edouard Lièvre, c1870

    The rare and important table encapsulates the fashion for the ‘le style japonais et chinois’ which swept Paris in the mid-19th century and was inspired by Empress Eugénie’s Musée chinoisat the Château de Fontainebleau and the opening of trade with Japan. This occasioned a revival of the study of the art and culture of the Far East, which itself was greatly advanced by Japan’s participation in the World’s Fairs, or Great Exhibitions of Art and Industry, which for the first time presented for public consumption a dazzling array of Asian artworks. and techniques including cloisonné enamel, marquetry of shell and ivory, carved wood and patinated bronze. Western artists created their own works by adopting and reinterpreting this newfound source of inspiration. The ensuing style, an amalgamation of Eastern and Western influences was coined ‘Japonisme’ and went on to inspire the organic forms of Art Nouveau and Aestheticism.

    Adrian Alan Ltd. of London will present this table at TEFAF. With an extraordinary selection of antiques gathered by 242 leading global dealers The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) – normally held in March – runs at Maastricht  in The Netherlands from June 25-30. Collectors, specialists and curators can experience 7000 years of art history at a fair which offers everything from Greek statues to the best of contemporary art and design.


    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.”


    Sunday, August 8th, 2021
    This amber chess set, made in Gdansk by Michael Redlin c1690, is regarded as one of the most impressive Baroque amber artworks in existence and dates from the same period as the famous Amber Room. Comparable sets are rare and the few that have survived are in public museums of princely origin like the Green Vault in Dresden and the State Hermitage in St. Petersberg.  This one was in the possession  of the Dukes of Atholl at Blair Castle in Scotland until a few years ago.  It was presented last year at TEFAF Maastricht by Kunsthammer Georg Laue and has now been integrated into the collections of the Amber Museum in Gdansk.  This museum has just re-opened its doors after several years of reconstruction.