Highlights of TEFAF 2016

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Henri Matisse, “Nu aux jambes croisées” 1936 at Hammer Galleries

As it does every year, The European Fine Art And Antiques Fair (TEFAF) opened this year with full fanfare and an almost obscene (but glorious) night of pure indulgence: Champagne, oysters, lobster bisque; Breughel, Cartier, Warhol, Aubertin; and treasures from Egypt, from the Congo, from Cambodia and outback Australia.  Three days, unfortunately, was not enough time to see it all; but it was enough to spot some major highlights, offered here.

It was also enough time to bestow honors to the real winners of the fair — those booths that most vividly represented what TEFAF is about: an encyclopedic celebration of the history of art, and a dedication to understanding the deepest inspiration behind an artist’s oeuvre.  This years winners were clear: Thomas Salis Art & Design; Axel Vervoordt; and Hammer Galleries.  More on each of these in later posts.

 

 

(All photos P. Madden. Please excuse the site’s tech issues, which led to strange sizes and some blurring.)

 

Thomas Salis Art & Design installation view

Thomas Salis Art & Design installation view

 E. Degas "Jeune Fille Assise" of 1877, 11th-century-Cambodian-figure, 18th-century Saxony table at Salis


E. Degas “Jeune Fille Assise” of 1877, 11th-century-Cambodian-figure, 18th-century Saxony table at Salis

Anish Kapoor, at Axel Vervoordt

Anish Kapoor, at Axel Vervoordt

Dickinson Gallery installation view

Dickinson Gallery installation view

 

Alphonse Mucha & Georges Fouquet Art Nouveau necklace at Epoque Fine Jewels

Alphonse Mucha & Georges Fouquet Art Nouveau necklace at Epoque Fine Jewels

Selection of jewels from the new collection at Otto Jakob

Selection of jewels from the new collection at Otto Jakob

George le Sache pendant (c 1900) at Hancock's, London

George le Sache pendant (c 1900) at Hancock’s, London

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