Bigger and better than ever befor – TEFAF Maastricht 12-21 March 2010

tefafTEFAF Maastricht, the world’s most influential art and antiques fair, will have a record number of 260 exhibitors from 17 countries when the 23rd edition opens at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) in the southern Netherlands from 12-21 March 2010. The European Fine Art Fair will reinforce its reputation for quality with exhibitors bringing only the very finest art and antiques all of which will be rigorously vetted by teams of experts. It will expand by introducing TEFAF on Paper, a new section devoted entirely to works on paper. The latest in a series of groundbreaking reports specially prepared for TEFAF will examine how the international art market has fared during the economic recession.

Magnificent Works of Art

Exhibitors at TEFAF will show some 30,000 works of art and antiques, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, furniture, classical antiquities, illuminated manuscripts, jewellery, textiles, porcelain, glass, silver, design and other works of art. Every era from classical antiquity to the 21st century will be represented. (more…)

Applicants invited for TEFAF Showcase 2010

Helvoirt, June 2009 – Younger dealers are again being invited to apply for TEFAF Showcase 2010, one of the sections of TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s most influential art and antiques fair. The next edition of TEFAF will take place from 12-21 March 2010 in the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) in the south of the Netherlands.

TEFAF Showcase was started two years ago to give recently established galleries the opportunity to participate in TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) on a strictly one-off basis and to gain experience of being part of a major international fine art event. The pre-eminence of TEFAF among international art fairs has led to a long waiting list for potential exhibitors and TEFAF Showcase enables some of those keen to take part to do so for one year. It also introduces visitors to the Fair to some of the most interesting emerging galleries from around the world.


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The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show

Brian and Anna Haughton’s flagship fair, will again bring together the top dealers in the world from October 16th-22nd at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York City.

Since its launch in 1989 the fair has occupied a place among the world’s finest art and antiques fairs, thanks to a stellar exhibitor list featuring many of the most prestigious art and antique dealers in the United States and Europe. The sensational works of art are among the finest and rarest on the market.


First female president of argentina, Isabel Peron’s watch for sale

In Bonhams next sale of Fine Watches on June 10th, one of the greatest watches ever made, a Patek Phillipe watch from Tiffany & Co, one of only four such to appear at auction, will be sold.

Lot 146 by Patek Philippe is a very fine and important 18ct gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases retailed by Tiffany & Co.


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Kaupp Spring Auction

As if to spread optimism the sun sent its friendly beams through the windows of the distinctively pink-coloured castle in the heart of Sulzburg – no sign of crisis was felt in the well-filled auction hall on the second weekend of May. To the contrary: apart from the sun repeated bidding frenzies brought the auction hall to a boil, while charming collectables and high-ranking artworks changed hands. On the first two days 80% of the lots could be hammered, with Art Déco, Russian Handcrafts, Jewellery, Watches and Silver enjoying greatest popularity. A Russian Samowar climbed to a remarkable 11,000 € (Starting price 2,000 €, lot no. 93, Fig. 74695), a Poertzel Art Déco figurine was brought from 1,200 € to 8,500 € (Lot no. 48, Fig. 73932).


Published in: on May 28, 2009 at 2:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Sotheby's Geneva Sells Important And Rare Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond For Record $9 488 754

GENEVA, 12TH MAY 2009 – Tonight Sotheby’s spring Magnificent Jewels sale series realised a strong total of $35 762 327 (CHF 39 567 975/ € 26 474 140) and was 76.9% sold by lot and 91.3% sold by value. The centerpiece of the Magnificent Jewels auction series – an important and rare fancy vivid blue, internally flawless, cushion-shaped diamond weighing 7.03 carats from Petra Diamonds’ historic Cullinan mine – realised $9 488 754 (CHF 10 498 500 / €7 024 336) against a pre-sale estimate of $5.8-8.5 million (CHF 6.8-10 million). This total represents the highest price for a fancy vivid blue diamond sold at auction and the record price per carat for any gemstone sold at auction ($1 349 752). The winning bidder, who wishes to remain anonymous, is yet to exercise their privilege to name the stone. The auction series comprised one of the most important private collections to come to auction in recent years, A Celebration of Taste and Style, which achieved a total of $7 116 227 (CHF 7 873 500 / €5 268 001) and was 78.8% sold by lot and 94.6% sold by value, in addition to Sotheby’s third annual Noble Jewels sale, which exceeded its top presale estimate and raised a total of CHF 5 234 300 ($4 730 865 / €3 502 165) and was 87.5% sold by lot and 95.5% sold by value.


Published in: on May 13, 2009 at 8:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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Dorotheum: Bright Spots

 Claude Monet, Nympheas, 1917/18, € 370.000 - 420.000

In mid-May modern and contemporary art, design, art nouveau, silver, jewellery and watches will all have their day in the sun. During the Dorotheum Vienna’s 2nd auction week of this year, to be held from 11th till the 15th May 2009, all these categories will present selections of international standing and import.

Reminding us of the delights of the table of a bygone age, the silver auction on 11. May 2009 includes an ornamental tureen from Berlin dating to 1830 (€ 18.000 – 24.000) as well as a pair of four-armed candelabra from St. Petersburg (1856; € 30.000 – 35.000). Though perhaps less practical, a Hungarian coconut goblet of gilt silver dating to the second half of the 18th century would be a worthy addition to any treasure chamber (€ 10.000 – 15.000). In addition, this auction also features a particularly fine collection of Judaica, the second part of which will be put up for sale this autumn.


Calder Jewellery Exhibition Opens at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Anjelica Huston wearing a necklace by Alexander Calder, The Jealous Husband

The first exhibition devoted exclusively to the remarkable jewellery created by the American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) opens to the public at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday 1 April 2009. Calder Jewellery explores the lifelong output of wearable art pieces made for family and friends by one of the most innovative and influential figures in 20th-century art, best known for his iconic sculptures and mobiles. IMMA is the only venue in Europe where Calder Jewellery is being shown. Also on display is the specially designed BMW Car with which Calder, who trained as an engineer, initiated the company’s Art Car series in 1975, later continued by such famous artists as Frank Stella, Andy Warhol and David Hockney.


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Chateau de Versailles Presents Court Pomp and Royal Ceremonies: Court Dress in Europe

Wedding dress (grand costume) of Edwige Elisabeth Charlotte de Holstein - Gottorp, wife of Prince Karl and sister in law of King Gustave III of Sweden

The exhibition Court Pomp and Royal Ceremonies – Court Costume in Europe 1650-1800 traces the history of court costume in Europe and thus throws light on the major influence of France in this field from the mid-17th century to the beginning of the 19th century. For the first time, over 200 works (costumes, jewellery, iconography) linked to prestigious European monarchies are assembled here in an exhibition that will be presented only in Versailles. The Victoria & Albert Museum, the Pitti Palace in Florence, the Louvre museum, the Musée Galliera, the Arts Décoratifs, the Archives nationales, as well as private collectors have agreed to loan their works. The royal collections from London, Dresden, Denmark (Rosenborg castle), Sweden (Livrustkammaren), Portugal (Ajuda Palace), as well as the imperial collections of Vienna (Kunsthistorisches Museum), the tsars of Russia (Hermitage museum), and Cologne Cathedral will be presented and assembled outside of their country of origin for the first time. This event forms part of a cycle of exhibitions evoking the life of the Court in the 17th and 18th centuries which includes Versailles and the royal tables in 1993-1994 and When Versailles was furnished in silver in 2007-2008.


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TEFAF Maastricht 2009 Art and Antiques Fair Opens Today With Quality, Rarity and Beauty

TEFAF Design

TEFAF Maastricht is unique. The world’s best dealers bring their finest pieces to this most influential of art and antiques fairs and this attracts collectors and museum curators from around the globe who cannot risk staying away. They might miss a great Old Master painting recently discovered through the expertise of an exhibitor, an Impressionist masterpiece that has just emerged onto the market after decades in a private collection, a stunningly beautiful piece of furniture with an extraordinary history or key works from the early history of photography.