TEFAF 2017

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

Pick of the fair: Kunstkammer Georg Laue

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

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

This unpublished Book of Hours was possibly illustrated by three of the most original artists working in Paris in the 15th century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

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
'TEFAF Curated - La Grande Horizontale' at TEFAF Maastricht 2017. Photo: Harry Heuts

The art of lying down

Penelope Curtis discusses this year’s TEFAF Curated display, ‘La Grande Horizontale’, which explores the theme of the recumbent figure in art

13 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

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

This rare example of a Dutch doll’s house contains almost 200 unique silver miniatures and Chinese porcelain dated around 1700

13 Mar 2017

TEFAF video: an unholy alliance – conflict or symbiosis?

Watch a TEFAF Talk about the relationship between museums and the art trade

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

Pick of the fair: James Butterwick

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

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

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

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

11 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 Mar 2017