The second online edition of TEFAF closes on a positive note. Here are the top sales

Satisfaction with the second fully online edition of TEFAF, the great international art fair. Here are the main sales.

The second entirely online edition of TEFAF (The European Fine Art Foundation), the great antiques fair that for years has been a fixture for gallerists around the world, closed with excellent results in terms of sales. About seven hundred works(here arethe highlights selected by our editorial staff), presented by more than 260 gallerists from all over the world(here are the opinions of some of the Italian gallerists), for a fair that even online did not disappoint expectations. The 2021 edition focused on storytelling and discovery, thanks in part to the TEFAF Collections narratives, which accompanied the works, and the rich virtual program that involved more than 40 international specialists in debates and insights.

There were major acquisitions, from museums, institutions and collectors, and involving different periods, viewpoints, cultures and categories.

“Whether held online or in-person,” says Charlotte van Leerdam, managing director of TEFAF, “TEFAF remains the center of knowledge, creativity and expertise, as denoted by the success of this year’s Fair in the art market. We are delighted with how TEFAF Online 2021 was received: it attracted not only private buyers, but also many public institutions and world-renowned museums, confirming that the works presented at TEFAF are the highest example of quality. We look forward to meeting our ever-growing community again in Maastricht next March.”

“At TEFAF Online,” says Christian Hemmerle of Hemmerle Gallery, who has been exhibiting at TEFAF for a long time and is a member of its Council, “we have seen a very dynamic engagement from the public, as evidenced by the many interactions on social media related to the Fair. This also reminded us of all the efforts we make to preserve interaction and relationships with collectors and the public, so we look forward to the return of the fairs in attendance in 2022.”

Notable purchases at the fair include the sale by Nicolaas Teeuwisse OHG of the Tabula Cebetis (c. 1550), a work of the Venetian School, to the Rijksprentenkabinet in Amsterdam, and then again the purchase by the Groeningemuseum in Bruges, which secured one of the best pieces at the fair, the Portrait of a Man in Armor from c. 1560, attributed to Gillis Claeissens and sold by Caretto & Occhinegro. Again, the Scene in an Italian Country Inn of 1821-25 by Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot, presented by Gallery 19C, was bought by the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In contrast, a leading Eastern European museum bought the Rococo Soup Bowl with Plate and Spoon (1751-53), exhibited by Helga Matzke.

The White Cube gallery sold a Penis Print by David Hammons to a private collector, while ArtAncient ’s Greek laurel wreath, made of gold and dating back to 300 B.C., to a private collector for a five-figure sum, and Cindy Chao sold her Dragonfly Brooch (2021) for more than $1 million. Other notable works purchased at TEFAF Online include the pair of Rococo Candlesticks from around 1750 by François Ladatte, exhibited by BURZIO, and Emil Nolde’s Still Life with Autumn Flowers (c. 1930-1940), exhibited by Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art. Two works exhibited by Kunstkammer Georg Laue (i.e., Masterpiece circa 1620 from the circle of Johann Eisenberg, and Renaissance Amber Pommel, also circa 1620) were also sold, as was the Lecito Attico a Fondo Bianco (circa 450-430 B.C.), attributed to the Square Painter, exhibited by Kallos Gallery.

The 35th anniversary edition of TEFAF Maastricht will be held in attendance March 12-20, 2022, with invitation-only previews on March 10 and 11. TEFAF New York 2022, on the other hand, will be held in attendance from May 6 to 10, 2022, with invitation-only preview on May 5. TEFAF aims to position itself as an expert guide for private and institutional collectors in the global art market, inspiring enthusiasts and buyers from around the world. The organization is overseen by a twenty-one-member Council from the art and antiques community, most of whom are TEFAF exhibitors, and guided by the Executive Committee, composed of seven members chosen by the Council.

The second online edition of TEFAF closes on a positive note. Here are the top sales
The second online edition of TEFAF closes on a positive note. Here are the top sales

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