TEFAF: The Museum Where Everything is for Sale

By P. Joseph

TEFAF, the world’s most influential art fair, took place in the Dutch city of Maastricht late last month, featuring 30,000 works of art, antiques and design, some of which dated back to the earliest civilisations known to man.

The 24th edition of the art expo attracted 73,000 visitors from 55 countries who were able to view works boasting an aggregate value of more than €2 billion (£1.7 billlion).

Highlights at the event included the last fragment of an Egyptian water clock still in private hands, one of the few self-portraits of Venitian painter Bernardo Bellotto, and a bronze by Gustave Courbet rediscovered after being lost for more than a century.

Before the fair opened to the public, each work of art was examined for quality, authenticity and condition by 29 seperate vetting committee.

Anthony Speelman, Chairman of the Paintings Vetting Committees, said “This year exhibitors had clearly saved their best paintings for the Fair, the quality was consistently high and the vetting process was very smooth.”

TEFAF ran from 16-25 March at the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre.

By P. Joseph