TEFAF, the European Fine Art Fair that takes place every spring in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht, touts itself as “the world’s leading art and antiques fair.” In spite of the hype, there is glory coincident to the fair’s claims. This year, 260 exhibitors from 16 countries are offering fine antiques, rare books and manuscripts, maps, jewelry, Old Master paintings and sculptures, modern and contemporary art, photography, exceptional crafts, and design objects. Works on view range from Oceanic fetish figures carved in wood to decorative brooches made from hundreds of diamonds and museum-quality paintings that sell for millions.
Our top ten picks from the fair, which runs through the weekend, include one of Edvard Munch’s rare lithographic prints of a seductive Madonna; a sleek, bronze statue of pacing lion from the 1600s; Rembrandt’s masterful portrait of a pirate, which has a $47 asking price; a pair of Napoleonic folding chairs that look completely contemporary; a Helmut Newton photo of an androgynous fashion model sharing a smoke with a nude on a darkened Paris street; and a silhouetted portrait of artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster defined by a heap of cast hands and penises. Click through the images below to view our fair favorites.
Edvard Munch, Madonna, Lithograph on paper, 60 X 44.1 CM, 1890s. Courtesy David Tunick, Inc.