Despite a scheduling clash caused by the Dutch event’s move to a temporary summer slot, both fairs enjoyed a wealth of private and museum buyers. Individual exhibitors at both events said they posted record results.
At TEFAF (June 25-30) Old Master paintings was among the starring categories, bringing the fair to a successful end. That was despite various challenges including a dramatic theft during the event.
Six- and seven-figure sales were also reported in sculpture, antiques, antiquities, furniture and more recent art.
Masterpiece followed in its traditional slot (from June 30-July 6). Institutional shoppers joined a f lood of private clients who arrived primed to buy top examples of art and antiques.
Brit ish works fared particularly well. Also of note was an influx of natural history items, which pulled in a raft of six-figure results.
Several dealer ships exhibited at both fairs.
The demands on stock and staffing made for a difficult process, but many found it paid off, giving them a chance to display different parts of their collection in quick succession.
Read more about what sold at these events in Dealers’ Diary this week.