It features a high return rate from the first edition in autumn 2016 (although the 95 exhibitors do include 12 new names).
What will these dealers be taking to the Park Avenue Armory this month to tempt the collectors from New York City and further afield?
ATG presents its selection of TEFAF-destined treasures.
Ancient gold finger rings are the headline-makers for Les Enluminures at TEFAF New York Fall. The specialist dealer in manuscripts and jewellery, with bases in Paris and the US, is launching a special catalogue and exhibition titled Gold Marvels of Byzantium: A Millennium of Finger Rings. It features 18 rings spanning the 3rd-13th centuries.
Starting at the beginning of the Byzantine Empire and going through to the last Palaeologan dynasty, they have been themed into four categories: Constantine and Christianity; the Virgin and Saints; Marriage; and the Imperial Court and its power.
Pictured above is one of the earlier examples, an early Byzantine (c.500-600AD) gold ring. It has a flower-shaped bezel, while the upper plate is engraved with a female figure holding a sceptre and cornucopia and wearing a mural crown – attributes which reveal her as the personification of the city of Constantinople.
The ring is priced at $125,000.
The 17th century artist Jacob van Loo (1614-70) painted this 4ft 1in x 3ft 7in (1.2 x 1.1m) oil on canvas of The Education of Bacchus, which Bob Haboldt of Haboldt Pictura is showing at TEFAF New York Fall.
The painting, signed lower left, has a provenance back to 1811 when it appeared at auction in Paris, subsequently forming part of several private collections. It is priced at $385,000.
The Blumka Gallery from New York, which specialises in medieval to baroque sculpture and works of art, is a longstanding TEFAF Maastricht exhibitor. It is making its second appearance at TEFAF’s autumn event in New York.
The gallery will be taking this 2ft 8in (82cm) high 17th century carved alabaster statuette by Leonard Kern (1588-1662) to the fair.
The subject is one of the 12 Labours of Hercules showing the Hero stealing the magical belt of the Amazon Queen Hippolyta.
The sculpture dates from c.1615-20 and may have been commissioned as an allegorical figure of a ruler by Elector Palatine Frederick V in Heidelberg, where Kern lived from 1614-17. The work is priced at $3m.
Koopman Rare Art
Among those involved in TEFAF’s inaugural New York event and returning for the second year is the specialist silver dealer Koopman Rare Art.
“As a long-standing exhibitor at TEFAF Maastricht, we were extremely pleased to have been selected as one of the world class art dealers to take part in TEFAF’s first ever fair outside Europe,” says the firm’s director Lewis Smith. “New York responded enthusiastically to this illustrious new art fair, with its immaculate European pedigree.
“Very few of the visitors to TEFAF New York had ever been to TEFAF Maastricht, so it proved to be an excellent shop window for the major European art event.”
Among the English and European silverwares that Koopman will be showing this year is this pair of George II oval silver soup-tureens above, each with cover, stand and ladle and chased with a striking vase and scroll pattern. Dated London, 1755, the tureens bear the maker’s mark of Edward Wakelin and were supplied by leading goldsmiths and retailers George Wickes and Samuel Netherton.
They were commissioned by the 9th Earl of Exeter, who is recorded as having ordered more than 5000oz of silver and silver-gilt in the mid-1750s for his country seat, Burghley House. Some of the silver still remains at Burghley to this day. The tureens have an asking price in the region of £575,000.
Among the 12 exhibitors doing TEFAF New York Fall for the first time this year is Galerie Delalande from Paris. “We are very excited about it,” the firm’s Eric Delalande told ATG. “We will be showing visitors all our specialities (marine and scientific instruments, tobacco and opium-related artefacts and walking canes), as we have great collectors in these fields in New York or the area.”
Pictured above is one of a a rare pair of early 18th century, 8in (20.5cm) diameter celestial and terrestrial table globes. They were made in 1710 by Mattheus Seutter. He was a map and globemaker who trained as an engraver under Johann Baptista Homann in Nuremberg, but set up in his native city of Augsburg in 1707, producing maps, globes and mathematical instruments.
Both globes are mounted on wooden stands and are priced in the region of €150,000-180,000.
Mullany Fine Art
London dealer Nicholas Mullany specialises in Haute Epoque sculpture and works of art and is another of the dealers making a first appearance at TEFAF New York Fall.
Among the early works of art he will be showing is this 21in (53cm) high bust of Christ by the Tuscan sculptor Agnolo di Polo (1470-1528). Made from glazed terracotta with the original polychrome decoration and dating from c.1500-10, it is has a guide price of $120,000.
The Philadelphia dealer in portrait miniatures, Elle Shushan, will be showcasing this small-scale embroidered portrait of King Charles I at TEFAF New York Fall.
The portrait, just a shade over 2½in (6cm) high, worked in silk with gold thread on a silk ground, is a rendition after a Wenceslas Hollar 1641 print of a portrait after Van Dyck and dates from c.1650-70.
Other versions are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Wallace Collection and Rosenberg Castle, Copenhagen. This example, which comes in its original silver gilt frame with bevelled glass cover, retains its tooled leather travelling case. It is priced at $23,000.
July Flowers and Wood Warblers is the title of this signed and dated oil on canvas from 1929 by Sir Cedric Morris (1889-1982), which the London picture dealer MacConnal-Mason is taking to TEFAF New York Fall.
The 21½in x 2ft 2½in (54.5 x 64.5cm) painting has a provenance back to 1930 when it was with Arthur Tooth and Sons in London. It featured in the dealer’s exhibition of Morris’ paintings held that year. The work is priced in the region of $400,000.
Making a return to TEFAF New York Fall is antiquities dealership Charles Ede. The London firm also stood at TEFAF’s spring fair in the Big Apple. Martin Clist, the firm’s managing director, said of which: “Our deliberate policy of labelling everything clearly in the local currency and making visitors feel welcome on our stand significantly added to our success.
“Artists like Picasso were sometimes inspired by ancient works of art and it is easy to see how well antiquities can fit into a contemporary setting.”
A piece that illustrates this well is this ancient Greek terracotta model of a horse with an unusually long giraffe-like neck. From Boeotia, dated to the mid-6th century BC, it stands just under 7¼in (19cm) high. It is decorated with bands of dark brown and burnt orange and is intact.
The figure has a provenance to Arthur L Jacobs (d.1979), New York; then by descent and Gabriel Jacobs, Shaw Island, Washington. It is priced at $6500.