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.


TEFAF New York Fall 2017: A decorator’s view

20 November 2017

For the past 25 years Thomas Jayne has incorporated ancient and modern works of art into the rooms he designs. William Cullum, 28, who has worked at Jayne Studio for the last six years, went to TEFAF New York Fall for inspiration.


Persepolis relief seized in New York

06 November 2017

The ownership of a Persian limestone relief sculpture from Persepolis is under investigation by the Manhattan district attorney’s office after it was seized from the stand of Rupert Wace Ancient Art at TEFAF New York.

Park Avenue Armory

Persian limestone sculpture seized by police from antiquities dealer at TEFAF New York

30 October 2017

The Manhattan district attorney’s office has seized a Persian limestone relief fragment from the stand of a dealer at TEFAF New York amid accusations it had been stolen.

TEFAF Maastricht 2016

TEFAF backs tribal gathering for 2018 edition

30 October 2017

TEFAF Maastricht has added ‘TEFAF Tribal’ as a new category to its 2018 edition in a move that points to the ongoing strength of the tribal art market.


New schedule and exhibitors for next TEFAF Maastricht

24 October 2017

The next TEFAF Maastricht (March 8 – 18, 2018) launches with two invitation-only preview days as the public opening is moved to Saturday.

TEFAF NY edition falls into place for a second staging

09 October 2017

TEFAF’s move onto the New York scene, with a spring and autumn fair in the heart of Manhattan, swings into its next stage with the second edition of TEFAF New York Fall from October 28-November 1.


TEFAF returns for a second Fall

25 September 2017

For some of the more than 90 exhibitors standing at the second TEFAF New York Fall (October 28-November 1), it is just one in a flurry of international fairs that now mark the autumn calendar.


Five at the fair: A preview of objects on offer at the second TEFAF New York Fall

31 July 2017

The second annual TEFAF New York Fall is set to run from October 28-November 1 this year at the city’s Park Avenue Armory. Covering objects from antiquity to the early 20th century, the event includes jewellery, furniture, paintings and more. Below is a preview of five items on offer at the fair.


Art consultant appointed TEFAF chairman

11 July 2017

The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has appointed Nanne Dekking as chairman who succeeds Willem van Roijen.


TEFAF takes first steps towards launching e-commerce platform

03 July 2017

TEFAF is to trial its own online selling platform at the fair organisation’s autumn New York event, with a view to building a permanent e-commerce presence.


TEFAF exhibitor list released for second annual New York edition

30 June 2017

The second TEFAF New York Fall features a total of 93 exhibitors at the Park Avenue Armory.


Modern leanings at TEFAF

02 May 2017

The second TEFAF New York event opens this week, running from May 4-8 at the Park Avenue Armory. It is the second event that TEFAF has staged in the Big Apple in the past 12 months, the first of which was its inaugural ‘Fall’ edition last October. Whereas that event focused on art from antiquity to 1920, this edition features modern and contemporary art and design.

TEFAF Maastricht fair entrance

Eight to join TEFAF board of trustees

27 April 2017

TEFAF has appointed eight new art world professionals to its board of trustees, increasing its membership from 12 to 14.

Exhibitors call for change at TEFAF flagship

01 April 2017

Established dealers are calling for a “shake up” at the venerable TEFAF Maastricht in the wake of its 30th showing last month. Proposals include moving the fair to Amsterdam, making it shorter and including fewer exhibitors.

TEFAF Maastricht fair entrance

Should TEFAF move from Maastricht?

27 March 2017

While dealers are always discussing ways a fair can be improved, one issue raised at this year’s TEFAF Maastricht by a number of exhibitors was whether the fair should move to Amsterdam.

Professor Rachel Pownall

Professor Rachel Pownall: TEFAF report’s new author

25 March 2017

Since its launch in 2002 the TEFAF Art Market Report has established itself as the art and antiques trade’s key annual barometer of size and trends.


Early fruits of labour at TEFAF

18 March 2017

A previously unknown work by Bartolomeo Cavarozzi (1587-1625) was snapped up within minutes of the opening of TEFAF in Maastricht.

TEFAF Maastricht

TEFAF Maastricht 2017: Highlights and high points

17 March 2017

The second week of Maastricht’s TEFAF is usually quieter than the first but a consistent trickle of visitors continued to pass through the fair into the final days.


Private deals are thriving in times of tension

11 March 2017

Latest TEFAF market report says uncertainty drives confidentiality

TEFAF Maastricht stand

TEFAF 2017: more sales announced and one work removed for being too provocative

10 March 2017

The official opening day of TEFAF Maastricht continued to glean sales for dealers with a number of strong six-figure sales adding to the handful of seven-figure sales reported at yesterday’s preview event.