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Tray brings exotic design to Horta saleroom

26 August 2019

This Gallé marquetry tray is to be offered by the Horta saleroom in its next auction taking place in Brussels on September 9-10.

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Farnham’s orchid blooms in Belgium

22 July 2019

This gold, enamel and diamond tiger orchid brooch offered by Belgian auction house Haynault of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre last month was made by Tiffany c.1890.

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Three markets and fairs in Belgium for summer 2019

08 July 2019

A trio of art and antiques events coming up soon in Belgium.

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Tribal art market expands beyond its traditional selling boundaries

27 May 2019

The market for tribal art covering works from Africa, Oceania and the Americas has a global reach these days. While particular centres form cultural and commercial hubs (New York, Paris and Brussels in particular), you can find fairs and shows, shops and auctions around the world. Recent sale highlights and previews from some of the upcoming auctions and fairs are featured here.

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A selection of dates for your tribal diary: May-October 2019

27 May 2019

Tribal art is a sector with truly international appeal and fairs and shows go on throughout the year across various locations.

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Valuable books missing since Second World War restored to Bonn library after being consigned to Sotheby’s

12 April 2019

Six-hundred rare books, manuscripts and prints which were lost or stolen from a German library during the Second World War have been returned after they were consigned to Sotheby’s.

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What can BRAFA fair offer for the entry-level collector?

30 January 2019

Big international art fairs are inevitably a showcase for the exhibitors’ showstoppers. At one level, these key pieces highlight the galleries’ specialities and rare finds that they have been saving up for the occasion.

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Didier Claes at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

With so many tribal art galleries concentrated in Brussels it is no surprise to find 10 specialists in the field showing at BRAFA, six of them from the Belgian capital.

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Xavier Eeckhout at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Another returning BRAFA exhibitor is the Paris dealer Xavier Eckhout, who specialises in animalier sculpture from 1880- 1950.

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Beyond BRAFA 2019: more art and antiques events to attend in Brussels

21 January 2019

BRAFA is a big draw for the visitor in late January but as well as enjoying all that Brussels has to offer in general cultural terms there are other art and antiques-related events on at the same time.

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Gallery Desmet at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Among the numerous dealers at BRAFA showing early works of art is Brussels’ Gallery Desmet, which specialises in sculpture and objects ranging from Antiquity to the Grand Tour.

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Whitford Fine Art at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Whitford Fine Art from London is a long-standing BRAFA stalwart (understandably given that the gallery’s core stock is work by 20th century Belgian and international artists).

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Finch & Co at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Finch & Co from London has been showing at BRAFA for 12 years. “We regard it as one of the most successful and well-organised art and antique events in Europe,” notes the firm’s Jan Finch.

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BRAFA: the Brussels art and antiques fair that ranges far and wide

21 January 2019

One of the attractions of BRAFA, the Brussels art and antiques fair which is traditionally a new-year opener in continental Europe, is its breadth. This is not a specialist event: it concentrates on quality across a range of disciplines.

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Sixteen new exhibitors and a guest appearance from Gilbert & George at BRAFA 2019

04 January 2019

The 64th edition of Brussels’ BRAFA Art Fair will feature 133 dealers and galleries from 16 different countries.

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Tribal art from banker and collector Adolphe Stoclet’s famous Brussels residence consigned to Christie’s

08 August 2018

Adolphe Stoclet (1871-1949) made his fortune as a banker, heading the Société Générale de Belgique, which allowed him to indulge a passion for fine art and music.

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The nine lives of Cartier’s creative genius

09 July 2018

Legend has it that, while on safari in Africa with her lover and employer Louis Cartier, Jeanne Toussaint spotted a panther and immediately exclaimed: “Onyx, diamonds, emeralds – a brooch!” The Cartier range of feline jewels was born.

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5 Questions: Tyr Baudouin Lowet de Wotrenge

21 May 2018

Tyr Baudouin Lowet de Wotrenge is gallery director at Galerie Lowet de Wotrenge. The Antwerp gallery is among those exhibiting during London Art Week (June 29-July 6) and will be at 37 Bury Street.

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V&A Museum buys large embroidery made for Louis XIV’s mistress at Brussels fair

03 April 2018

The Victoria & Albert Museum has purchased a rare 17th century wall hanging from the Belgian restorer and weaver De Wit Fine Tapestries.

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Design event rolls in to former Brussels railway station

05 March 2018

Tour & Taxis in Brussels is a vast swathe of Victorian industrial warehouses on the city’s canal. The complex includes the former train station and its spacious central hall, a long-disused international postal and customs office with links to the German Thurn and Taxis family.