TEFAF

TEFAF stands for ‘The European Fine Art Fair’. It is an organisation that runs some of the world’s leading art and antiques fairs: TEFAF Maastricht, which takes place annually in March, and TEFAF New York which takes place twice a year in the autumn and spring.

The former event takes place at the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre (MECC) in The Netherlands. The fair began life in 1975 as the bi-annual Pictura Fine Art Fair with 28 dealers specialising in Old Master paintings and medieval sculptures.

It has since expanded with exhibitors numbers increasing ten-fold and has become widely recognised as a leading art and antiques fair, attracting major collectors, both private and institutional, from around the world.


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The importance of TEFAF Maastricht and my star item this year – images and video

26 February 2018

Here we ask the dealers who participated in ATG's Round Table discussion the reasons why they choose to stand at the fair and ask them to pick out a star item they are taking this year.

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Exhibitor opinion: view from the floor

26 February 2018

TEFAF exhibitors give their views on where ‘the greatest art show on earth’ stands today and its future. Peter Crush reports on ATG's latest 'Round Table' discussion.

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Foreword: the dealer’s tale at TEFAF Maastricht

26 February 2018

Glide through the richly carpeted, calm corridors of a TEFAF fair and it’s easy to be oblivious to the frenetic preparations that have led exhibitors to this pivotal moment in their sales calendar.

Spotlight on the TEFAF Showtime initiative to encourage fresh dealers

26 February 2018

To inject new blood into the senior ranks of TEFAF exhibitors, the fair’s organisers allow younger dealers, some from non-traditional disciplines, to do a live audition each year in the Showcase section. Kate Quill finds out what this tough test involves...

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Dear diary: dealers reveal the ups and downs of preparations for TEFAF Maastricht

26 February 2018

Lifting the lid on what it takes to be an exhibitor at a TEFAF fair, ATG asked three dealers – one American, one British and one German – to chart their preparations, concerns and hopes as they head to Maastricht for the 2018 event. Compiled by Lisa Johnson.

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TEFAF Talk: Calls for art market to create standards association

15 February 2018

An art trade-wide association regulating standards and ethics should be launched, chairman of The Art Loss Register Julian Radcliffe has argued.

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London dealer to offer Vincent van Gogh still life at TEFAF Maastricht

10 February 2018

London dealership Connaught Brown will be taking a still life by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) to TEFAF Maastricht next month.

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TEFAF shakes up board with new appointments as Ben Janssens and James Roundell step down

23 January 2018

The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF), the organisation behind the TEFAF Maastricht and TEFAF New York fairs, has restructured its board of trustees and its executive committee.

TEFAF report to be replaced by focused studies

22 January 2018

The annual TEFAF art market report has been scrapped in favour of a number of smaller, focused reports.

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TEFAF scraps art market report for smaller focused surveys

19 January 2018

The annual TEFAF art market report has been scrapped in favour of a number of smaller, focused reports, leaving Clare McAndrew’s Art Basel report as the sole market-wide survey.

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TEFAF conservation and restoration grants go to Museu Nacional de Art Antiga and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

18 December 2017

The executive committee of The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has awarded a total of €50,000 to the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (MNAA), Portugal, and the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, US.

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TEFAF commits to Maastricht fair

18 December 2017

The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) is planning to reinvigorate its flagship Maastricht fair after agreeing a new deal to stay with the Dutch city until 2028.

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Works from ex-TEFAF President’s collection head to the National Gallery

15 December 2017

Four Old Master paintings from the collection of the late president of TEFAF, Willem Baron van Dedem, have been donated to the National Gallery.

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TEFAF’s flagship fair to remain in Maastricht after 10-year agreement with venue

13 December 2017

The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has announced a 10-year partnership effectively tying TEFAF’s flagship fair to the city of Maastricht until 2028.

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TEFAF New York Fall 2017: A museum for six days in the heart of Manhattan

20 November 2017

European dealers headed to New York as the second TEFAF American autumn event establishes a reputation for high quality and sophistication, as Lita Solis Cohen reports...

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TEFAF New York Fall 2017: trends

20 November 2017

TEFAF, founded by dealers for dealers in 1988, is known for innovative marketing. Its long tradition of inviting buyers to VIP previews was introduced in New York last year – the red plastic VIP cards giving access to the champagne on Friday afternoon. Here we pick out TEFAF NY trends, including how to make that VIP list.

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TEFAF New York Fall 2017: a selection of sales

20 November 2017

ATG picks out some significant sales made at TEFAF New York...

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TEFAF New York Fall 2017: A decorator’s view

20 November 2017

For the past 25 years Thomas Jayne has incorporated ancient and modern works of art into the rooms he designs. William Cullum, 28, who has worked at Jayne Studio for the last six years, went to TEFAF New York Fall for inspiration.

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Persepolis relief seized in New York

06 November 2017

The ownership of a Persian limestone relief sculpture from Persepolis is under investigation by the Manhattan district attorney’s office after it was seized from the stand of Rupert Wace Ancient Art at TEFAF New York.

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Persian limestone sculpture seized by police from antiquities dealer at TEFAF New York

30 October 2017

The Manhattan district attorney’s office has seized a Persian limestone relief fragment from the stand of a dealer at TEFAF New York amid accusations it had been stolen.

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