Art Market

Why everyone’s talking about forensics in the art market

Technical research offers assurances to private collectors – but they must exercise caution

15 Mar 2017
Tazza (c. 1570), Gasparo Miseroni. Kunstkammer Georg Laue, €280,000

Pick of the fair: Kunstkammer Georg Laue

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This lapis lazuli vessel is the work of one of a famous dynasty of Milanese lapidaries, and a market rarity

15 Mar 2017
Liveried servants carrying food-laden platters (c. 1770), Vincente Navarro. Carlton Hobbs, price on application

Pick of the fair: Carlton Hobbs

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | Two liveried servants bear trays of food in this charming 18th-century tile painting attributed to Vicente Navarro

15 Mar 2017
The Hours of Isabeau de Croix (c. 1430–50) Miniatures by the Master of the Harvard Hannibal, the Master of the Munich Golden Legend, and the Dunois Master. Les Enluminures, price on application

Pick of the fair: Les Enluminures

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This unpublished Book of Hours was possibly illustrated by three of the most original artists working in Paris in the 15th century

14 Mar 2017
Blow Up, Untitled 19 (detail) (2007), Ori Gersht. Ben Brown Fine Arts, around $55,000

Pick of the fair: Ben Brown Fine Arts

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | Ori Gersht meticulously recreated a Fantin-Latour, flash froze it and then blew it up, in order to capture a moment of destruction

14 Mar 2017
Male ancestor figure (detail; c. 1790), Sepik River region, New Guinea. Bernard de Grunne, around €1m

Pick of the fair: Bernard de Grunne

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | Large Sawos totemic figures such as this were hung on cult houses and dwellings to represent powerful ancestral forces

13 Mar 2017
Doll's House (1690–1710), The Netherlands and China. John Endlich Antiquairs, €1.75m

Pick of the fair: John Endlich Antiquairs

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This rare example of a Dutch dolls house contains almost 200 unique silver miniatures and Chinese porcelain dated around 1700

13 Mar 2017
A pair of blackamoor figures (c. 1740), Dutch. Carcaci, £28,000

The best of BADA 2017

More than 90 dealers ranging widely across art, antiques, and contemporary design come together to celebrate the fair’s 25th anniversary

12 Mar 2017
Costume design for Turandot (detail) (1928), Anatoly Petrytsky. James Butterwick, €75,000

Pick of the fair: James Butterwick

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | Ukrainian avant-garde artist Anatoly Petritsky, designed various productions in Kharkov in the 1920s, including Puccini’s Turandot

12 Mar 2017
Mu Tamagawa (The Six Jewel Rivers), Kinuta Tamagawa (detail) (c. 1795–96), Kitagawa Utamaro. Galerie Tanakaya, price on application

Pick of the fair: Galerie Tanakaya

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | Representations of and allusions to the six rivers and their associated classical poems were popular among Edo printmakers in Japan

12 Mar 2017
Washing Day: Women washing linen by the ramparts of Christianshavn, Copenhagen (c. 1660), Wolfgang Heimbach. Rafael Valls, price on request

Pick of the fair: Rafael Valls

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | Wolfgang Heimbach, once a court painter to Frederick III, captures the rich incidental detail of this rustic laundry scene

11 Mar 2017
Two music-making putti with a winged putto (c. 1520–30), Alonso Berruguete. Colnaghi, around €1.5m–€2m

Pick of the fair: Colnaghi

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | These 16th-century alabaster putti have been attributed to one the greatest Spanish Renaissance sculptors, Alonso Berruguete

11 Mar 2017
Virgin and Child with Saints (c. 1472), attributed to Hugo van der Goes

The Virgin and Child who went under cover

The bizarre story of how an altarpiece by Hugo van der Goes was transformed into a marriage portrait of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

10 Mar 2017
Woman sitting half-dressed beside a stove (detail) (1658), Rembrandt van Rijn. David Tunick Inc., price on application

Pick of the fair: David Tunick Inc.

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This etching of a woman beside a stove, part of a group made in the 1650s, may be Rembrandt’s finest print of a nude

10 Mar 2017
Egyptian arm tattoo (1341–1325 BC), sandstone with traces of polychromy. Rupert Wace Ancient Art, €120,000

Pick of the fair: Rupert Wace Ancient Art

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This carving was part of a colossal figure carved with the likeness of King Amenhotep IV that once adorned an 18th Dynasty temple

10 Mar 2017
Chagan Sambhar-a (late 17th–early 18th century), Mongolia. School of Zanabazar. Rossi & Rossi, $1.5m

Pick of the fair: Rossi & Rossi

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This Mongolian bronze features a benevolent Buddhist divinity embracing his consort symbolising the merging of wisdom and compassion

9 Mar 2017
In Sight in Blue (2016), Clare Belfrage. Adrian Sassoon, around £6,500

Pick of the fair: Adrian Sassoon

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | Clare Belfrage’s technique involves drawing with fine threads of cane glass across blown glass forms to produce dramatic works

9 Mar 2017
Portrait of an African woman holding a clock (detail) (c. 1585), Annibale Carracci. Tomasso Brothers, around £1m

Pick of the fair: Tomasso Brothers

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This unusual 16th-century portrait of a finely dressed black woman by Annibale Carracci comes with an impressive provenance

8 Mar 2017
Norwich Cathedral: the North aisle of the choir (detail) (c. 1807–11), John Sell Cotman. Lowell Libson, around £200,000

Pick of the fair: Lowell Libson

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This early watercolour study by John Sell Cotman of the interior of Norwich Cathedral comes to the market in exceptional condition

8 Mar 2017
Mother and Child on a Hammock (c. 1844), Gustave Courbet. Matthiesen Gallery, price on application

Pick of the fair: Matthiesen Gallery

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This hitherto unpublished Courbet painting of a familial scene may include a depiction of the artist’s mistress Virginie Binet

8 Mar 2017
St George and the Dragon (late 15th century), Jorge Inglés. Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art, price on application

Pick of the fair: Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This impressive panel painting by Jorges Inglés was once part of an elaborate altarpiece commissioned by the Marqués de Santillana

8 Mar 2017
Eisberg (1982), Gerhard Richter. Courtesy Sotheby's (£8m–£12m)

Rothko, Richter and Rauschenberg star in London’s contemporary art auctions

Auction highlights this month include a surprisingly good group of American paintings at Christie’s London

6 Mar 2017
Photograph by Teddy Wolff | Courtesy of The Armory Show

Ten highlights from the Armory Show

A run-down of the most talked-about pieces at this year’s Armory Show in New York

4 Mar 2017
Bauerngarten (Blumengarten) (detail; 1907), Gustav Klimt. Sotheby's London, £48m

The London auction season kicks off with strong sales

Overseas buyers make the running in London | New directions for the Armory Show | End of the road for Auctionata

3 Mar 2017