Monday, March 18, 2013

TEFAF 2013: Part II – Magnificence at Maastricht

TEFAF's dedication to excellence lends itself in creating a congenial ambience that more and more Americans are discovering is well-worth a few days in March to revel in what one senses is the best and most dynamic art fair in the world.
TEFAF 2013: Part II – Magnificence at Maastricht
By Augustus Mayhew

15 March 2013 - Friday 10 am
The Art Market Symposium: "Rising Stars in the Art World"
Symposium participants Thomas Galbraith, director of global strategy for artnet, George Abrams, collector and TEFAF board member, art market economist Clare McAndrew, and collector Michel Witmer, who moderated the panel.
Michel Witmer introduced the speakers.
Clare McAndrew spoke about the weakening of the Chinese and the rise of the American art market.
TEFAF is a non-profit organization of the world's most renowned art delaers that contributes annually to the restoration of art treasures around the world.
TEFAF began the Art Loss Register, a vital link for collectiors.
Friday's opening day crowd grew quickly.
AXA Art is one of the fair's major sponsors.
Lunch with Van Gogh? The Café Terrace South was a popular spot, located next to the exhibition of Van Gogh drawings.
Collectors and gallerists were soothed by tulip beds throughout the fair.
After lunch on Friday, thestnds were again displaying brisk activity with considerable sales reported but in the traditional European manner are not detailed.
The Jewels of TEFAF
Graff. The $100 million Peacock Brooch was unveiled at the fair's opening. Perhaps the fair's most expensive offering, it was also the most difficult to photograph. With a total of 120.81 carats, the brooch's centerpiece is a 20.02 carat deep blue pear-shaped diamond, one of the rarest in the world
A La Vieille Russie.
A La Vieille Russie.
A La Vieille Russie. Faberge.
A La Vieille Russie. Provenance of Queen Margharita of italy.
Van Cleef & Arpels.
Epoque Fine Jewels. Belgium.
Sebastian + Barquet. George Nakashima showcase. A presentation of 31 pieces of furniture, ranging from a lamp and daybed to the Conoid-bench from the Nelson Rockefeller collection.
Sebastian + Barquet. George Nakashima showcase.
Sebastian + Barquet. George Nakashima showcase.
Sebastian + Barquet. George Nakashima showcase.
L'Arc en Seine. Paris.
Galerie Downtown, Paris. Francois Laffanuer.
Galerie Downtown, Paris. Francois Laffanuer.
Galerie Eric Philippe.
Galerie Ulrich Fiedler.
Dansk Mobilkunst Gallery, Copenhagen + Paris.
Scene at the fair
Clockwise from above: Carol Vogel, of The New York Times, at Gagosian; Wendy Moonan had her eye on a 17th century work by Gerrit Dou, A young Lady playing the Virginal, at Johnny Van Haeften's stand; Mary M. Lane, of The Wall Street Journal.
Angela Westwater with David and Julie Tobey at Sperone Westwater.
By noon on the fair's opening day, there were large crowds of collectors and art patrons.
Sam Fogg, right, a Medieval, Islamic, and Indian art expert, based in London.
Antiques, Fine Arts & Decoration
Perrin Antiquaires, Paris.
Perrin Antiquaires, Paris. Bureau plat Prince Murat (brother-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte) by Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806). Mottled mahogany, ormolu, leather. 70.5 x 179 x 95.5 cm. Paris, Louis XVI period. From the collection of Prince and Princess Joachim Murat, 1961
Pelham, Paris and London.
Pelham, Paris and London.
H. Blairman + Sons Ltd. Kuntzalen A. Vecht. A wooden house altar, c. late 17th century.
Mentink & Roest, Ingen. Gilt bronze automaton clock in the shape of an ostrich. 52 x 32 x 35 cm. Germany, circa 1580. Ex collection princely house of Lichtenstein, Schloss Eisgrub. Only one other comparable Lichtenstein example is known, which can be seen in the Würtembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart. Price €1.2 million.
Veronique Bamps, Monaco, a view from the stand across.
Koopman Rare Art, London, specializing in antique silver, micromosaics, and gold boxes.
Giehards Antiques and Fine Art.
Alessandro Cesati, Milan. Adoration of the Shepherds, 1710-1720. Agostino Cornacchino, artist.
Allesandro Cesati, Milan.
Longari arte Milano, Milan. Sculpted, gilded, and painted wood, c. 1630-1640. Longari arte Milano, Milan. 16th century, Venetian. Longari arte Milano, Milan. 15th century Florentine.
Modern & Contemporary
Tornabuoni Arte, Paris – Milan – Florence.
Alon Zakaim Fine Art. Arles: les arenes devant la Rhone. Pablo Picasso. 1960.
Galerie Hopkins, Paris. The Painting Exhibition. Rene Magritte, artist. 1965.
Sperone Westwater, New York.
Jacques de la Berudiere, Geneva.
Galerie Odermatt, Paris – Brussells.
Kunsthandel Rueb, Amsterdam.
Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York.
Kunsthandel Jacque Fijnaut, Amsterdam.
Ancient & Classical Art
Harmakhis Archeologie, Brussels.
Harmakhis Archeologie, Brussels.
Cahn, Basel.
Charles Ede Limited, London.
Axel Vervoordt, Antwerp.
Axel Vervoordt, Antwerp.
Wijermars Fine Art, De Wijk, Netherlands.
Galerie Rhea. Zurich.
Non-European Art
The array of stands offering non-European art continue to grow at TEFAF, once home to more traditional Old Masters works.
Galerie Meyer, Paris.
Galerie Meyer, Paris.
Entwhistle, London – Paris.
The Big Change: Revolutions in Russian Painting, 1896-1917
Bonnefanten Museum – Maastricht

A not-to-be-missed exhibition of more than 80 paintings from various Russian museum and archival collections, including the famous Tretyakov Museum in Moscow and the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.
Supremus, 1916. Kasimir Malevitch (1878-1935).
15 March 2013 Dinner
Kruisherenhotel – Maastricht

An invitation on my final night for a last supper celebrating my visit to TEFAF at the Kruisherenhotel in Maastricht was an opportunity to step into heaven on earth. The 15th century Gothic-style church was masterfully redesigned by Henk Vos as a hotel reception and dining area while the adjoining monastery was revamped to accommodate 60 five-star rooms surrounding a courtyard. However unimaginable that anyone could upstage Vos' expert renovation, the lighting installations by Ingo Maurer are worthy of stopping the train, if not a few hours then a few days, to revel in what must be one of the world's most exhilarating works of art. Here are some of my impressions.
Rather than alter the historic church's façade or significant rear elevation, the hotel is entered from an open square through a dramatic copper-clad tunnel to the side opposite the courtyard.
Objets d'art are showcased in the hotel's lobby.
A lobby seating area.
A view of the dining area from the upper level walkway.
The dining area, a view from glass elevator.
My last supper at the Kruisherenhotel was as uplifting as it was wonderful.
Photographs by Augustus Mayhew.

Augustus Mayhew is the author of Lost in Wonderland – Reflections on Palm Beach.
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