TEFAF

TEFAF stands for ‘The European Fine Art Fair’. It is an organisation that runs some of the world’s leading art and antiques fairs: TEFAF Maastricht, which takes place annually in March, and TEFAF New York which takes place twice a year in the autumn and spring.

The former event takes place at the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre (MECC) in The Netherlands. The fair began life in 1975 as the bi-annual Pictura Fine Art Fair with 28 dealers specialising in Old Master paintings and medieval sculptures.

It has since expanded with exhibitors numbers increasing ten-fold and has become widely recognised as a leading art and antiques fair, attracting major collectors, both private and institutional, from around the world.


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The early bird sales at TEFAF Maastricht

18 March 2019

Eager buyers made a beeline for Delft fruits, a Renoir and Paul Storr silver candlesticks in the first few hours of TEFAF Maastricht this year.

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Exhibitors report early sales as TEFAF Maastricht 2019 opens its doors with new vetting policy

15 March 2019

TEFAF Maastricht 2019 has opened for its preview event and news of sales is already coming through.

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TEFAF report reveals art buying trends in China

15 March 2019

Sixty-four percent of Chinese art collectors bought Western European modern and contemporary art in the past five years according to a survey conducted for the TEFAF Art Market Report which was presented at the fair as the doors opened for the second preview day.

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TEFAF and BADA fairs: Final preparations underway as dealers discuss Brexit

13 March 2019

As TEFAF Maastricht and BADA fairs get underway, organisers and exhibitors tell ATG that immersion in art and antiques is the perfect antidote to the political crisis unfolding in Westminster.

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TEFAF chooses new global chair for ‘independent’ vetting committees

11 March 2019

Ahead of the Maastricht fair on March 16-24, TEFAF has appointed a new global chairman of vetting.

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Rijksmuseum director appointed new global vetting chief across all TEFAF's art and antiques fair

04 March 2019

Ahead of the flagship Maastricht fair on March 16-24, TEFAF has appointed a new global chairman of vetting.

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Journeys of discovery: Highlights from the stands of 11 dealers at TEFAF 2019

04 March 2019

An intriguing find by a dealer new to TEFAF Maastricht leads a look at some of the highlights on offer at the huge event.

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Ringing the changes: Interview with TEFAF CEO Patrick van Maris

04 March 2019

A surge of fresh faces in the Modern section, a shift in the global vetting policy and stronger links with the host city are among the recent shake-ups at TEFAF Maastricht, as CEO Patrick van Maris tells ATG.

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Promotional feature: Picture perfect for Maastricht – exhibitor interview with Mark Weiss

04 March 2019

Old Master art dealer Mark Weiss began exhibiting at TEFAF Maastricht in 1988. But for all the important 16th and 17th century portraits Weiss has sold at the Dutch fair since then, few are likely to have made a local connection quite like his gallery’s star object for 2019.

Vetting debate: Pros and cons of a policy shift

04 March 2019

Art dealers and auction house experts were struck from all TEFAF vetting panels following the introduction of a new global policy last year.

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Promotional feature: Keeper of the flame – exhibitor interview with Oliver Moss of Sydney L. Moss

04 March 2019

It’s 12 months since Oliver Moss took the helm of fourth-generation Chinese and Japanese art dealership Sydney L. Moss. A busy year culminated in Moss making Japanese sculpture discoveries that will form the centrepiece of the dealership’s 2019 TEFAF Maastricht stand.

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TEFAF Maastricht hosts virtual reality tour of 470-year-old Amsterdam map and four other fair highlights

14 February 2019

TEFAF Maastricht returns this year with a virtual reality exhibition set to transform the way a 16th century map of Amsterdam is experienced.

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UK dealers heading to TEFAF Maastricht 2019 ‘confident of return logistics' ahead of Brexit

04 February 2019

UK-based exhibitors at TEFAF’s Maastricht 2019 edition (March 16-24) tell ATG they have prioritised the return transport of art and objects from the event ahead of Brexit's scheduled date on March 29.

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New faces for art fair TEFAF Maastricht’s Showcase revealed

17 December 2018

London dealer ArtAncient is among the six selected to show at TEFAF Maastricht on March 16-24, 2019.

ATG letters: TEFAF dealers vetting decision is just bizarre

10 December 2018

MADAM – As someone who has been dealing in early furniture for over 50 years and who has served on vetting committees for the Grosvenor House and BADA fairs as well as having been a consultant for Sotheby’s, I find TEFAF’s decision to exclude dealers from their vetting is frankly bizarre.

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TEFAF New York Spring reveals exhibitor list for 2019

05 December 2018

Tribal art specialist Donald Ellis Gallery is among the 12 new exhibitors attending this year’s TEFAF New York Spring.

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Trade reacts to TEFAF ban on dealers vetting

26 November 2018

A number of dealers and auctioneers have reacted to TEFAF’s new policy on vetting which will prevent all commercial specialists from being members of its vetting panels.

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The big debate: should dealers be vetting?

26 November 2018

The TEFAF decision to remove dealers from vetting at their shows has caused debate (ATG Nos 2367 & 2368). Here, silver dealer Alastair Dickenson writes to ATG giving his view, while we canvass opinion from four more experts.

BADA tweaks fair vetting panels – but defends use of dealers after TEFAF change

19 November 2018

Dealer association BADA has introduced changes to the vetting committee of its fairs to “ensure independence”. While dealers can still hold vetting positions, the chairs of 16 specialist sub-committees must now be non-exhibitors.

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Trade excluded from future TEFAF vetting

12 November 2018

Art dealers and auction house specialists have been removed from all TEFAF vetting panels to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

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