|TEFAF is the place to learn about art and the global art market.|
Often described as an incredible once-a-year museum in which everything is for sale, TEFAF this year hosted 260 of the world's top art and antiques dealers showing everything from classical antiquities to crave-worthy jewellery by Lalique and Cartier to masterworks by names straight out of art history textbooks: Canaletto, Breughel, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rodin, Matisse, Koons, Warhol, Bacon, to name just a few.
|TEFAF's Haute Joaillerie section dazzles.|
With a stint in commercial gallery sales in my past, I had some idea what to expect on the business end of things. And with prices for many items in the multimillions, big business was definitely, quietly, afoot. What I didn't expect was the convivial, festive ambience that makes TEFAF such a pleasure: fresh flowers by the thousands, excellent dining options, individually-designed gallery spaces providing intimate viewing areas, experts to learn from, an informed and passionate crowd.
|A fairy-filled work by J.A. Fitzgerald (1823-1906).|
|A rare 7,000 year-old Greek idol.|
Celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, TEFAF Maastricht 2012 promises to be even more extraordinary.