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TEFAF Maastricht 2018 opened on Thursday March 8 with an ‘Early Access Day’ followed by a ‘Preview Day’ on March 9. Around 12,000 visitors attended throughout the first two days, with 5000 on Thursday.

The fair runs until March 18 and here is ATG's latest selection of reported sales:

Munich dealer Kunstkammer Georg Laue sold an alabaster sculpture based on the Allegory of Melancholie by Willem van den Broecke, Antwerp, c.1560. It will be on loan at the Dresden Old Master Gallery for the exhibition Michelangelo - Giambologna and the Medici chapel from June 23-October. It was offered for a price in the region of €100,000 and has been sold to a European private collection.


An alabaster sculpture depicting the Allegory of Melancholie by Willem van den Broecke, Antwerp, c.1560.

Russian art specialist James Butterwick recorded a number of sales in the first few days of the fair including Ukrainian artist Aleksandr Konstantinovich Bogomazov’s Experimental Still Life (1928) which was offered in the region of €25,000.

The Dutch museum Singer Laren acquired Takken met appels, 1952-1953 by Charley Toorop (1891-1955), from gallery Douwes Fine Art. It was painted in the artist’s garden and will be added to the museum’s modern Dutch works.

Ben Janssens Oriental Art sold in excess of 40 works during the first two days, including a Northern Wei/Eastern Wei horse for €50,000 to a European collector.

Benjamin Proust Fine Art sold a wax model of the fountain of Palazzo Pitti (1556) by Bartolomeo Ammannati (1511-1592). It carried an asking price of €700,000 and was bought by the Rijksmuseum.

The Merrin Gallery sold a 2nd century BC-2nd century AD monumental foot from a statue to a private collector for around €250,000.

Charles Ede reported a number of sales including a Roman carved ivory relief depicting a Bacchic scene which had a price tag of €110,000.

Roman relief

This Roman, carved ivory relief, depicting a Bacchic scene had a price tag of €110,000.

Tribal dealer Donald Ellis sold a grease bowl in the form of a baby bird, dated c.1800-1830, for €285,000 to a private collector.

Rare maps specialist Daniel Crouch Rare Books, located in TEFAF Paper, sold an atlas described as ‘the greatest and finest atlas ever published’ by Johannes Blaeu, c.1662-1665. The work, published in Amsterdam, had an asking price of €730,000.