The first Dutch Antique Dealers Online Fair runs from April 9-11 and will feature 47 exhibitors covering a range of areas within the art and antiques market. Each dealer will offer 21 pieces from their collection and the works will include Old Master paintings, prints, glassware, Russian icons, 20th-century design, fine jewellery and Asian art, as well as other fields for which the Dutch trade is well known.
Among the dealers exhibiting are Vanderven Oriental Art, Delftware specialist Aronson Antiquairs, Old Master gallery Bijl-Van Urk and map, prints and drawings dealership Mefferdt & De Jonge.
The absence of many of the live art fairs that would usually take place in the first half of the year, as well as the growth of digital sales over the course of the pandemic, appear to be the reasons behind this initiative. The organisers said that the items on offer would include “exceptional pieces that would not be misplaced at fairs like TEFAF [which normally runs in March but this year has been rescheduled for September] and PAN Amsterdam [taking place in November].”
No live fairs have taken place in The Netherlands so far in 2021 and while the Amsterdam antiques district had hoped to open in May, many dealers now fear that rising Covid case numbers will mean restrictions will be in place until late summer.
The organisers added: “Online presence is now essential and internet accessibility, user-friendly websites and transparent prices have all become permanent fixtures in the art world. This will no doubt have an ongoing effect even after the world opens up again…The landscape of selling and promoting art and antiques has changed for good.”
The online fair will operate with users able to view objects in each dealers’ shop window and, when clicked, descriptions and additional photos will be available. Contact will be made directly with the dealers, who will be ready and available to answer questions and to talk to visitors live via email or telephone for the duration of the fair.
The fair opens at thedaaf.com at 2pm on April 9. Visitors do not need to register.
Every visitor who purchases an item on the opening day will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne, a nod to the usual refreshment served on opening days of physical fairs.
The full list of dealers at the first Dutch Antique Dealers Online Fair is:
Aardewerk Antiquair Juwelier
Ruben Aardewerk Antiques
Kunstgalerij Albricht B.V.
V.O.F. Jan Beekhuizen Kunst en Antiekhandel
Kunsthandel A.H. Bies B.V.
Bijl- Van Urk B.V.
Kunsthandel P. de Boer B.V.
Lennart Booij Fine Art and Rare Items
Kunsthandel Ivo Bouwman
Galerie van den Bruinhorst
Daatselaar Fine Art & Antiques
Douwes Fine Art (since 1770)
John Endlich Antiquairs
Galerie Tiny Esveld
Kunsthandel Jacques Fijnaut B.V.
Foumani Persian Gallery
Gude & Meis Antique Clocks
Heutink Ikonen V.O.F.
Pieter Hoogendijk Antiquair
Hotei Japanese Prints
Kollenburg Antiquairs BV
Kunstconsult - 20th century art | objects
Frides Laméris Kunst en Antiekhandel
Dirk en Dirk-Jan Limburg
Inter-Antiquariaat Mefferdt & De Jonge
Mentink & Roest
Jan Morsink Ikonen
Peter van Os Antiques & Fine Art
Polak Works of Art
Pygmalion Beeldende Kunst
Jacob J. Roosjen, SRI®
Marjan Sterk Antiquair - Juwelier
Kunsthandel Inez Stodel
Salomon Stodel Antiquités
Vanderven Oriental Art
Meindert Verhaar Antiquair
Floris van Wanroij Fine Art
Kunsthandel E.J. van Wisselingh & Co
Zebregs&Röell fine art - antiques
Kunsthandel Mieke Zilverberg