TEFAF Maastricht presented more than 280 of the world’s finest art, antiques and design dealers, who brought their very best pieces to the 2018 edition of the Fair. The Fair always provides an unrivalled draw for private collectors, museum curators, art market professionals and art lovers from many different countries.

Leonardo da Pistoia, Benappi Fine Art

TEFAF is the world’s leading art and antiques fair, and its international reputation is reflected in the range and quality of the rare works of art for sale at the Fair, which is held in the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition & Conference Centre). This year, for the first time the opening was spread over two days: an Early Access Day and a Preview Day. Over 12,000 visitors attended during the first two days, with 5,000 attending the Early Access Day. The feedback has been extremely positive with many sales reported during the first two days of the Fair. Exhibitor Thomas Heneage said ‘we have had the best sales at the start of the Fair in over 27 years’.
Tomasso Brothers Fine Art sold a large oil-on-canvas by Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-1785) depicting Castor and Pollux, with an asking price in the region of €425,000, which sold to a private collector.  The sculptures, depicting a lion attacking a horse and a lion attacking a bull, had an asking price in the region of €1.75 million. Sales were reported throughout Ancient Art, including at The Merrin Gallery, who sold a 2nd century BC – 2ndcentury AD over-life size foot from a monumental statue to a private collector for around €250,000. Rare maps specialist Daniel Crouch Rare Books, located in TEFAF Paper, sold an atlas described as ‘the greatest and finest atlas ever published’ by Johannes Blaeu, between 1662 – 1665. The work, published in Amsterdam, had an asking price of €730,000.

Rarity and quality are the distinguishing features of TEFAF Maastricht that put the Fair and its 275 exhibiting dealers in an inimitable position within the international art market. The variety of objects for sale within the Fair, particularly those from very niche collecting areas will once again provide private and institutional collectors with an unrivalled opportunity to view and buy some of the finest objects available on the market. www.tefaf.com

 

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