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TEFAF sketch out new plan as London draws the crowds

20 July 2009Written by ATG Reporter

THE organisers of the TEFAF Maastricht fair are inviting dealers to apply for stands in a new specialist works-on-paper section at next year’s event.

Entitled TEFAF on Paper, the new section will be in the upstairs hall where last year they launched TEFAF Design. The design section will now move downstairs and be added to the Modern section which is being extended by 1000 square metres for 2010.

It is thought that the works-on-paper section will number around 20 dealers with varying stand sizes. The organisers aim to have a range of drawings, prints, photographs, manuscripts and even wallpaper from different periods on offer.

As with the main section of the fair, stand prices will depend on size of the stand and its location.

TEFAF will shortly be sending out invitations to dealers, but potential exhibitors can also apply through the website, www.tefaf.com, clicking on ‘Exhibitors’, and then ‘Application’.

Regarded as Europe’s top art and antiques fair, TEFAF Maastricht already has a long waiting list. If this new section went ahead, the 2010 event would be the biggest Maastricht fair so far – beating last year’s tally of 239 dealers.

• Meanwhile, in London a number of dealers reported good levels of interest at the Master Drawings London series of exhibitions staged from July 4-10.

With 20 galleries taking part this year, the ninth staging of the event, Jean-Luc Baroni sold a total of 17 works, including a freshly-sourced drawing by Gandolfi Gaetano (1734-1802) entitled The Head of King Priam in Profile which was bought by a private collector.

Newcomers to the event Abbott and Holder saw their exhibition of 40 ‘graffiti drawings’ by Keith Vaughan (1912-1977) sell out.

W&S Fine Art / Andrew Wyld sold a large and recently discovered watercolour by the Norwich School painter John Sell Cotman (1782-1842). Showing the derelict interior of the Ipswich Blackfriars’ dormitory, it sold for over £50,000.

Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi sold View of the Mountains of Volsci, 1822 by Johann Joachim Faber (1778-1846), pictured here. The oil over pencil on paper measured 7in x 141/4in (17.9 x 36.3cm) and went for around £30,000.

• The drawings on offer at the Old Master auctions also saw some notable prices. Sotheby’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of Old Master Drawings on July 8 saw Jacques-Louis David’s (1748-1825) Alexander, Apelles and Campaspe from 1813 make £550,000, a record for a drawing by the artist at auction despite falling short of its £600,000-800,000 estimate.

Rediscovered in 2001, it was described by the auctioneers as “the most important work by the artist to appear on the market for many decades” and sold to a European private buyer.

Christie’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) offered drawings in both their King Street sales of Old Master and 19th century art and in a specialist works-on-paper sale at South Kensington.

Their highest price was also £550,000, for a pastel on paper laid down on canvas by Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-1789) offered at their King Street evening sale on July 7. Estimated at £200,000-300,000, it depicted a lady in Turkish costume with her servant at a hammam and sold to an anonymous buyer.

By Alex Capon

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