54th Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair

On January 23 Belgium’s oldest and the most important antiques fair «Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair» (BRAFA 2009) will be opened. It will take place at the central Tour & Taxis site in Brussels.

130 Belgian and foreign exhibitors – the quantity of the participants remains permanent for many years – will be sharing the exhibition space in the heart of the capital.

The presented collections will cover almost all the styles and epoques of applied and decorative art – rare books, furniture, jewelry, paintings, graphics etc.

To date, 15 new exhibitors are confirmed for the 2009 event including Kollenburg Antiquairs (Oirschot, Netherlands) who will show 18th – 19th century paintings and objets d’art; Potterton Books (Yorkshire, England) showing books, ancient and modern; Galerie Christophe Hioco (Paris, France) bringing 5th – 15th century bronzes and art from Vietnam; Galerie Dominique Hurtebize (Cannes, France) showing 16th to 20th century paintings; Galerie Normand (Paris, France) a specialist in 19th century paintings and drawings; David Levy & Associés (Paris, France) with modern sculpture and paintings; Blue Elephant (Maastricht, Netherlands) with oriental art and Galerie D & V (Pre-Colombian art – Paris, France).

For the first time the fair welcomes a Russian exhibitor – Moscow Ravenscourt Galleries that specialists in modern and impressionist art. Ravenscourt will present an exposition of paintings of the Russian avant-guarde, impressionism and modernism. It will feature works of M. Larionov, N. Goncharova, A. Ekster as well as works of European masters – M. Vlaminck, A. Derain, B. Buffet etc.
The fair is renowned for its strict selection procedures to check for quality and authenticity of the works on display, conducted by committees of non-participating experts. This stringency is one of the strengths of the fair ensuring visitors will find pieces of exceptional quality and guaranteeing an audience of connoisseurs.

The exhibits pass four checks. In the first place they are examined by a comission of independent experts to separate fakes from authentic artworks. Specialised police departments help in checking. Objects from Asia, Africa and pre-Columbian America as well as found through archeological digs pass one more check. And at last BRAFA checks that the featured artworks were not made of certain species of exotic wood, shells, carapaces and some other materials protected by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

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