Mesopotamia to Mid-Century Modern at TEFAF Maastricht 2018

TEFAF Maastricht is held in the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition & Conference Centre) from 10 – 18 March 2018. The fair will present more than 280 of the world’s finest art, antiques and design dealers, who will bring their very best pieces to the 2018 edition of the Fair. TEFAF was founded by art dealers in 1988 and run as a non-profit foundation. The fair has a proud history of showcasing masterpieces in every category of fine art – from antiques, Old Masters and Haute Joaillerie to contemporary painting, works on paper and 20th century design.

Applications to the exhibit at the world's pre-eminent organization of fine art, antiques and design are competitive and vigorous. Over a two day period before the fair opens, each item is scrutinized and authenticated by TEFAF's Vetting Committee comprising 189 experts working in 29 countries.

Meet the Exhibitors

Kollenburg Antiquairs (Stand 182). Filippino Lippi (c.1457-1504), Saint Albinus and Saint Bernardus,

Florence, 1496, tempera on panel, 32 x 44.4 cm (12.5 x 17.5 in.). Source: TEFAF 2018

Eight major categories of works are represented at the fair and laid out in sections. The largest section, TEFAF Antiques, features 90 dealers of outstanding fine and decorative arts pieces. Kollenburg Antiquairs is exhibiting Saint Albinus and Saint Bernardus, 1496, tempera on panel, by Filippino Lippi (c.1457–1504). This work is coming to market for the first time in over one hundred years and was part of a larger alterpiece, painted for the Convent of the San Donato agli Scopetipainted. Axel Vervoordt will also present a beautiful 1st century AD marble sculpture of the Head of Venus Genetrix, coming to market for the first time since the 1960s.

Axel Vervoordt (Stand 424). Head of Venus Genetrix, Roman Empire - 1st century A.D.

Marble. Height 20.5 cm (8 in.). Source: TEFAF 2018

Highlights at TEFAF Modern include Van de Weghe, who will offer an exceptional oil on canvas work by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), Tête d’Homme, 1965. Antonacci Lapiccirella Fine Art is also featured in the section TEFAF Paintings, offering an unpublished painting by Antonio Canova (1757–1822) which marks a significant addition to knowledge of the great sculptor’s work as a painter.

Van de Weghe (Stand 510). Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Tête d’Homme, 1965. Oil on canvas, 41.5 x 33 cm (16.3 x 13 in.) .

Signed lower right 'Picasso' and dated on the reverse '2.4.65.IV'. Source: TEFAF 2018

The section TEFAF Paper provides visitors with fine arts pieces on paper. Spanish dealer Artur Ramon will present an unpublished work by José de Ribera (1591–1652) entitled Philosopher, an oil on canvas work. Stephen Ongpin Fine Art will present a magnificent ink drawing by Théodore Géricault, Study of a Lion, which has been in a private collection since 1980s.