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    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”.


    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.


    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.”



    Thursday, August 26th, 2021

    THE National Museum Wales is to restore Édouard Manet’s (1832-1883) Portrait de Monsieur Jules Dejouy, 1879 thanks to funding from The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF). The museum is to receive €20,000 as part of TEFAF’s museum restoration fund, an annual grant created in support of the international art community’s vital work to preserve artistic and cultural heritage. The Manet was acquired in 2019 after more than ninety years in a private family collection. Jules Dejouy (1815-1894) was Manet’s older cousin and an important figure in the artists life. He was a successful lawyer, appointed to the Imperial Court in France in 1849. After the death of the artist’s father in 1862, Dejouy was appointed as chief counsellor and guide to Manet and his brothers. Manet relied on him in key ways throughout his life. During the siege of Paris in 1870 the artist sent valuables to his cousin for safekeeping. Dejouy was also appointed by Manet as his executor. He was part of the committee that organised an 1884 exhibition following Manet’s death, alongside Emile Zola, painters such as Fantin-Latour and dealers like Durand-Ruel and Georges Petit. This portrait was included in that exhibition.

    Édouard Manet (1832-1883), Portrait de Monsieur Jules Dejouy, 1879.


    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.


    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

    The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) today announced the full line up for TEFAF online in 2021. This most exclusive of fairs will be available to everyone right on their own computer from September 3-19, 2021. This will be a full on digital fair with 255 world class exhibitors from around the globe, known for the unrivalled quality of the works they present.

    “TEFAF is about discovery and storytelling. We are excited to bring that spirit to the digital realm with TEFAF Online 2021,” said managing director Charlotte van Leerdam. “It is an honor to work with each of our specialty dealers. We
    cannot wait to take visitors on a digital journey through their vast expertise this September.”


    Saturday, October 31st, 2020

    The world of auctions, local, national and international, has moved fairly seamlessly to an online model of auctions.   Art and antique fairs have a more particular problem, but as the pandemic progresses and large gatherings remain an impossibility new forms are emerging. With fabulous fairs in New York and Maastricht The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), the daddy of them all, is not something us average punters get to visit  every time. The good news is that the digital model is available in our own homes. The inaugural digital New York Fair runs from November 1-4 with a private preview day today. Each one of the almost 300 participating exhibitors from across the global community has been challenged to present a single masterpiece in their collection. The result is a selection of artworks in the top segment of the market in one place which offers all of us a chance to look and learn. Did you know, for instance, that in the last two years of his life the artist Georges Braque, became fascinated with the idea of designing jewellery? It gave him a chance to continue with art while experiencing ill health. Jewellers Didier Ltd. will highlight a Poseidon necklace designed by Braque in 1962-62. An Ancient Egyptian head of Min, God of fertility and harvest,  is at Axel Vervoordt.  Among the other rarities to be found is Gokei Monju, a Japanese temple sculpture of the bodhisattva of transcendent wisdom at Asian art specialists Sydney L. Moss. Guests who are moved to purchase will be afforded the option of interaction with exhibitors.  It is possible to pre-register online at

    Poseidon, a necklace in gold, platinum and diamonds by Georges Braque (1882-1963)


    Thursday, March 12th, 2020

    TEFAF, The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht in the Netherlands closed on the evening of March 11 after a visitor tested positive for coronavirus. It had been scheduled to run to March 15. Many other fairs, such as Miart in Milan, are looking at postponement or rescheduling. In Ireland the National Antiques Fair due to be held in Limerick on March 21 and 22 is to be rescheduled to a future date.

    Nanne Dekking, Chairman of the board of trustees at TEFAF said: “Given
    the recent developments in the regions around Maastricht and increasing
    concerns, we no longer feel it is appropriate to continue as planned. We
    want to thank our exhibitors, visitors and staff for their trust and support
    in this unprecedented situation. The TEFAF community has always excelled
    in bringing the best art in the world to Maastricht, we are proud to have
    witnessed how professional and how united our TEFAF family stood during
    this fair and unprecedented circumstances.”


    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

    The design created by Theo van Doesburg (1883 -1931) for the historical Café L’Aubette building, at the Place Kléber in Strasborg would become one of the most iconic works of De Stijl. It will feature at Galerie Gmurzynska (Stand 404), part of TEFAF Modern Art at TEFAF Maastricht which runs from March 7 – 15. The colour design for the ceiling and three walls of the building, as part of a conversion into a complex of restaurants, bars, caberet and cine-dancing hall, was commissioned i 1926. van Doesburg worked with Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber Arp to create the design, still on display today.

    Color design for ceiling and three walls for the Café L’Aubette ciné-dancing wallpainting
    in Strasburg, gouache on paperboard, 1926-1927, by Theo van Doesburg (1883 – 1931). Image courtesy Galerie Gmurzynska


    Monday, March 18th, 2019

    TEFAF Maastricht 2019 held two preview days for its 32nd edition, before opening to the public last Saturday. Sales were strong and buying continued over the opening weekend across all sections of the Fair. First time exhibitor Fergus McCaffrey said, “We were delighted by the response to Barry X Ball’s solo presentation on our stand at TEFAF Maastricht. The level of interest has been incredible! As a result, at this stage, there are two major commissions being discussed and we expect to confirm 3 or 4 other sales in the next few days.” TEFAF Maastricht continues until Sunday 24th March, at the MECC.

    The Fair opened with to great optimism when the centrepiece of Dickenson Femme nue couchée by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) sold to a private collector within the first minutes. The large oil-on-canvas, portraying Renoir’s favourite model Gabrielle, commanded the front of the Dickinson stand and attracted much attention from visitors. An 18th-century Doll’s House, known as Anna Maria Tripp’s House, which has remained in the same family for many generations was on the market for the first time and was sold by John Endlich Antiquairs to a Foundation which will lend it to a Dutch museum on a long term loan

    TEFAF Maastricht continues until Sunday March 24.

    John Endlich Antiquair
    A view of the 2019 Fair