TEFAF Maastricht (The European Fine Art Fair)
Press Release October 2001
TEFAF Maastricht 2002:
A paradise for lovers of art & antiques
´s-Hertogenbosch, 26 October 2001 - From 8 to 17 March, the MECC in Maastricht will be the setting for the fifteenth staging of The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF). TEFAF has become one of the world´s most prestigious art and antiques fairs and a trendsetter in the field. Last year the fair attracted more than 75,000 visitors from all over the world. In order to relieve the pressure, this year´s show – running entirely counter to the general trend – will be open for an extra day. This year, four new dealers are taking part, further strengthening the modern art and antiques & decorative art sections.
The surprises at TEFAF Maastricht 2002
The works presented at TEFAF by the 201 art and antiques dealers from 13 countries is museum quality, and unrivalled anywhere in its scale and diversity. As usual, the six sections that go to make up TEFAF promise plenty of surprises.
In the Paintings, drawings and prints section, Johnny van Haeften (London) is showing a dramatic portrait of a man painted by Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613-1670) in 1645. For many years the portrait was part of the famous collection owned by Sir Joseph Benjamin Robinson. French Company (New York) has an anthropomorphic portrait of a man, which, when inverted, is a composition of fruit. It was painted by the renowned 16th-century Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593) and is now being sold by French Company (New York).
In the 20th-century art section Annely Juda Fine Art (London) is bringing Linear Construction in Space No. 1 by Naum Gabo and the statue Zwei Gedanken auf einem Nabel (Nombril et deux idées) by Jean Arp. During his lifetime Arp kept the statue himself, leaving it to the family trust on his death. It comes on to the market for the first time at TEFAF 2002. Galerie Daniel Blau is selling some twenty photographs by the 19th-century photographer Maxime du Camp (1822-1894), who travelled to Egypt with Gustave Flaubert in 1849 and recorded a remarkable impression of the country. One of the icons of early photography at TEFAF is Du Camp´s photograph of his aide Lois Sassetti, who posed on the colossal head of Ramses II in Abu Simbel. James Roundell (London) has The Thinker, the famous statue which Auguste Rodin originally intended as the centrepiece of the Gates of Hell, inspired by Dante´s Divine Comedy. When the work was complete, Rodin decided that it was actually a sculpture in its own right, and he made three versions in different sizes. This statue is 70 cm high.
Antiques & decorative art
An extremely rare piece at the 2002 show is the Anglo-Indian ivory armchair being sold by Mallett & Son (Antiques) of London. The chair is covered with decorative vines, incised into the ivory with a pen and black ink. Furniture of this kind was only produced to order, usually for Indian princes who liked to give pieces like this to British dignitaries as diplomatic gifts. No less exceptional is the group of a kneeling Bactrian camel with a West Asian rider which Ben Janssens Oriental Art is bringing to TEFAF. Camels like this with a non-Chinese jockey are very rare. The lively pose of the camel and rider, the subtle details and the beautiful original colours make this stoneware group one of the masterpieces of the Chinese Tang dynasty.
Illuminated manuscripts, rare books and maps
Dr Jörn Günther (Hamburg) is selling one of the most important Venetian codices of the mid 13th century. This antiphonary, a book of sung responses, was made for the famed liturgical library of St Mark´s in Venice. Furthermore, the complete cycle of church feast days was transmitted here for the first time.
Every year Classical Antiquities and Egyptian Art and the section La Haute Joaillerie du Monde attract many connoisseurs from all over the world. Among the attractions this year, Royal Athena Gallery (New York) is presenting an exceptionally well- preserved polychrome Egyptian mask in plaster. It is the mask of a young woman, and dates from the 1st-2nd century.
Newcomers this year
· Jorge Welsh Oriental Porcelain & Works of Art with branches in London and Lisbon specializes in Chinese pottery and porcelain from the Neolithic period (7000-1600 BC) to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Jorge Welsh is also selling a small but important collection of Indo-Portuguese, Afro-Portuguese, Namban and Chinese furniture.
· Priestley & Ferraro, London, are bringing Chinese objects in porcelain, lacquer work, cloisonné, bronze and jade, and stone and wooden statues from the Neolithic age to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).
· Beddington & Blackman of London specialize in old masters, with the emphasis on Italian—particularly Venetian—painting. At TEFAF they will be showing Flemish, Dutch and Italian works, ranging in date from the 14th to the early 19th century.
· Galerie Michael Werner of Cologne and New York is bringing a fine collection of classic modern artists, among them Joseph Beuys, Paul Klee, Piero Manzoni, Francis Picabia and Kurt Schwitters.
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