This year’s edition opens its doors from October 18-22. The venue remains unchanged: as in previous years, the fair is being held in the Residenz, the one-time town palace of the Bavarian royal family in the heart of Munich.
The 58 exhibitors, six more than in 2022, pride themselves on providing an invigorating mix of classical fields of collecting and modern and contemporary art.
Once again, the balance has shifted somewhat more to the latter, with works from such established names as Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois and Sam Francis, but also a broad selection from up-and-coming artists, some dating from this year. Members of the Zero group of artists, such as Heinz Mack who belonged to the great innovators of 1960s art, are well represented.
Nonetheless, more traditional tastes are also well catered for. Silver collectors can go for top-end objects such as two elaborate nefs (Trinkschiff) by the 17th century Nuremberg silversmith Esaias zur Linden; one at Pocking dealer Peter Mühlbauer’s stand for €115,000, the other being offered by Helga Matzke from Grünwald near Munich for somewhat more than €200,000.
Those on a smaller budget might take a liking to a 1739, George II lidded sugar bowl by Humphrey Payne of London, for sale at Kunsthaus Kende from Tübingen for €4500.
A vermeil-mounted enamel jug from c.1725, painted by Christian Friedrich Herold, famous as a painter of Meissen porcelain, is priced at €78,000 by Basel dealer Segal & Selig. Another firm from Basel, Galerie Cahn, will be presenting a customarily broad selection of antiquities in all price categories.
Rainer Jungbauer of Straubing is one of several exhibitors presenting religious and other sculptures, while Vanderven from s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands brings Chinese art.
As in previous years, Christian Eduard Franke from Bamberg can offer not only Old Master paintings, but also a selection of 18th century furniture.
Among the works of art being sold by Galerie bei der Albertina Zetter of Vienna is an early 20th century glass mosaic of a calla lily, created by the Art Nouveau craftsman Leopold Forstner, which has a price tag of €48,000.