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…)

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Cleveland Museum returns 14 works

Rome, July 2 – Culture Minister Sandro Bondi on Thursday presented 14 antiquities returned to Italy by the Cleveland Museum of Art after the government proved that the works had been looted or stolen.

The returns include a bronze statuette of an archer dating from 900-700 BC Sardinia, silver bracelets stolen from the grave of an Etruscan woman, an Attic drinking vessel in the shape of a mule’s head and a four-foot-high wine vessel from Puglia dating to the 4th century BC that shows Trojan prince Hector leaving for battle.

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Published in: on July 3, 2009 at 10:33 am  Leave a Comment  
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Grosvenor House fair scrapped after 75 years: dealers react

The Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair, London’s grandest and most traditional art fair, is closing down after 75 years. The surprise announcement came less than two weeks after this year’s fair (11-17 June), which was heralded as a success despite the difficult financial circumstances.

“This is an iconic loss—it was the London art world’s Wimbledon,” historical portrait specialist Philip Mould told The Art Newspaper. “A week ago we were being encouraged to fill in our forms for next year, and now we’re told it’s not happening again.”

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Published in: on July 3, 2009 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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‘Tir Solas’ is the new exhibition of paintings by artists Ruth Molloy

‘Tir Solas’ is the new exhibition of paintings by artists Ruth Molloy and Ross Stewart opening at the Russell Gallery on Saturday 11 of July @ 6pm. It will be launched by Paidraic O’Maille, renowned Business Consultant from Galway. The Exhibition will continue until the 9th of August.

This will be one of the finest collections of paintings hanging on the walls of the Russell Gallery this year: an enchanting combination of two artists who perfectly capture the light and the mood of the Irish Landscape, descriptive and evocative at the same time.
The finished pieces are gestural paintings tracing the land with the atmosphere of imagined places. They convey a great energy, the energy of exploration of the creative process, of hiding and revealing precious elements, of working to achieve
the ultimate balance or tension. The result is superb.

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Published in: on July 2, 2009 at 8:29 am  Leave a Comment  
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Widower finds forgotten artworks worth £100,000 in attic

Nick Hall, Principal Auctioneer at Marshalls, with the artworks

The collection of 100 paintings had been hidden away in Max Block’s loft after they were passed onto him 20 years ago by his late mother.

When the retired research chemist’s wife Etta died last year, Dr Block wanted to downsize and move home – and decided to insulate the loft to help with the house sale.

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Published in: on June 30, 2009 at 12:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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16th-Century Altarpiece Returns to Indianapolis Museum of Art Following Extensive Conservation

Sebastiano Mainardi, Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saint Justus of Volterra and Saint Margaret of Antioch, 1507, oil on wood, 63 1/2 x 61 in. Gift of Mrs. Booth Tarkington in memory of her husband. Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s most significant example of Tuscan High Renaissance art will again be on view in the IMA galleries after being held in storage for more than 40 years due to its fragile condition. After a complex conservation treatment begun in fall 2007, the altarpiece Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saint Justus of Volterra and Saint Margaret of Antioch by Sebastiano Mainardi (1466–1513), will again be available for public viewing in the IMA’s Clowes Courtyard beginning June 23, 2009.

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Published in: on June 24, 2009 at 11:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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June auctions at Koller successful in all collecting fields

Modern & Contemporary Art, Swiss Art, Fine Furniture and Jewelry all register strong prices
The June sales at Koller Zurich were characterized by spirited bidding for attractive works, in all
collecting categories: paintings and furniture, as well as jewelry and gemstones. “During these auctions,
buyers showed time and again their willingness to bid over the upper estimate for the works they
wanted,” said Cyril Koller, director of Koller Auctions. “The art market is sound, and the relative rarity
of high-quality works on the current market makes the ones that do come up all the more attractive.”

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Published in: on June 24, 2009 at 11:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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Battle of the Picasso paintings

The depictions painted on sucessive days are set to be auctioned

Sotheby’s is selling Homme à l’épée, painted on 25 July 1969, with a suggested price tag of between £6m and £8m at its annual summer sale of Impressionist and modern art.

Christie’s will sell a work of the same title, painted the following day, for between £5m and £7m at its summer sale.

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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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Published in: on June 16, 2009 at 8:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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Kustodiev painting sells for £2.8 million, almost three times its low estimate, in Sotheby’s Russian art evening sale

JUNE 8, 2009, Sotheby’s London biannual Russian Art Evening Auction achieved the solid total of £7,906,050 ($12,546,901), within its pre-sale auction estimate of £6,740,000-9,920,000, and was very well-attended. The sale was 63% sold by lot and 73.3% by value, and saw new auction records established for four Russian artists: Isaak Brodsky, Boris Kustodiev, Konstantin Kryzhitsky and Vladimir Lebedev.

Commenting on this evening’s sale, Jo Vickery, Senior Director and Head of the Russian Art Department in London, said: “Tonight’s sale was the first test of the Russian Art Market at Sotheby’s in London this year and we are extremely encouraged by the results established. The prices realised for the rediscovered painting by Brodsky and the work by Kustodiev, both of which set new auction records, demonstrate that the buyers and bidders in this adjusted market are prepared to compete hard for high-quality works that are fresh to the market and rare. This evening’s sale has provided us with valuable information about the Russian art scene in the recalibrated market and we very much look forward to the sales of Russian Art that follow at Sotheby’s this week.”

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Published in: on June 16, 2009 at 8:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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