Highlights of TEFAF Maastricht 2022 | Apollo magazine

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TEuropean Foundation of Fine Arts (TEFAF) Returning to Maastricht this monthWith its first summer opening. The 35th edition of what one dealer has called “the world’s largest fair” takes place at the Maastricht Exhibition and Convention Center (MECC) from 25-30 June, with 243 galleries and art and antiques dealers representing 20 countries, and after another event this year online, There is a buzz of excitement about this return to the real world. The list includes 21 first-time dealers, including six newly created galleries in the display section. Here, Maria Howard selects her most notable works from the works featured in the gallery.

Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua (1602), Frans Porbus the Younger
Weiss Gallery, price on application

One of London’s leading dealers in Old Master paintings, Weiss displays a recently discovered work by Flemish portrait painter Frans Pourbus the Younger, a contemporary of Peter Paul Rubens. Dating from 1602, it depicts one of the artist’s most important patrons, Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, in full ceremonial armour, complete with the Order of the Golden Fleece, awarded by Philip II of Spain in 1589. The work embodies the naturalistic style that made Purbus One of the most desirable personalities of the court; It is also the only known portrait of the Duke signed by the artist, suggesting that it is the original painted version Vivom adon which the subsequent variables are based.

Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua (1602), Frans Purbus the Younger. Weiss Gallery, price on application

Natura Murta (1963), Giorgio Morandi
Tornabuoni, 1 million euros – 1.3 million euros

Tornabuoni brings in work by one of the giants of Italian Modernism, Giorgio Morandi. While many of Morandi’s paintings display bottles, vases, and containers arranged in a horizontal line or a group, in this Natura Murta In 1963, the three objects were placed one behind the other in nearly perfect alignment. This stunning composition is presented in the muted tones that characterize the artist, who has become synonymous with the still life genre and one of the most coveted names of the Italian post-war era.

Giorgio Morandi's painting

Natura Murta (1963), Giorgio Morandi. Tornabuoni, 1 million euros – 1.3 million euros

Bastet (Egypt, dynasty 26 – dynasty 30; c. 664-332 BC)
Chanel Gallery $1.5 Million

In the Chenel Gallery booth, one of the oldest artworks at this year’s TEFAF exhibition – an ancient Egyptian bronze cat dating from around 664-332 BC. The statue is believed to represent the goddess Bastet, whose rituals were associated with home and female fertility. With its finely engraved bristles and shaped pendant B, or heart, the work is an impressive example of its kind. It is also known for its provenance, having passed into the hands of the Belgian noblewoman Countess Della Ville de Levergem as well as Daniel and Silvia Wildenstein.

Bastet (Egypt, dynasty 26 – dynasty 30; c 664-332 BC). Chanel Gallery $1.5 Million

formation (1949), Nicholas de Stall
Waddington Custot, price on application

Nicholas de Stael formation 1949 is a preliminary study of a painting of the same name from 1950 in the St. Louis Museum of Art in Missouri. This highlight of TEFAF’s Waddington Custot booth is a model of de Staël’s palette knife drawings in style and composition; Warm crimson and brick red are offset by blue-gray stripes that border color blocks like quilt seams. The Russian artist was an important figure in the Paris School, and this painting was completed – in private collection for decades – just as the artist began to find international fame for his work.

Nicholas de Stael's painting

formation (1949), Nicholas de Stael. Waddington Custot, price on application

Odysseus (2022) Satoru Ozaki
A lighthouse called Kanata, price upon request

A lighthouse called Kanata, headquartered in Tokyo, It represents contemporary Japanese artists reimagining traditional media such as ceramics, glass, and metalwork. One of the highlights of TEFAF this year Odysseus by Satoru Ozaki, known for his rigorous methods of hammering and polishing stainless steel. Ozaki He is deeply influenced by the ascetic ideals of Zen Buddhism. This statue evokes the ancient Greek hero to remind us of the long journey we face in the search for peace and harmony. Its mirror surface represents the enlightenment that may finally await us, while its bold straight shape appears frozen in forward motion.

Satoru Ozaki's painting

Odysseus (2022) Satoru Ozaki. A lighthouse called Kanata, price upon request

Table (early 1970s), Carlo Scarpa
Axel Vervoordt, €24,000

Architect Carlo Scarpa created this marble-topped table for his assistant and friend Dante O. Benigni, early 1970s – Benigni ordered a “table with the characteristics of our Venetian origins” for his office in Brazil. The flaming red Verona marble is from the Morseletto workshop and the metal base is from the Zanon brothers. The piece returned to Italy when Benigni opened a workshop in Milan and is now sold by Axel Vervoordt.

Carlo Scarpa table

Table (Early 1970s), Carlo Scarpa. Axel Vervoordt, €24,000 Photo: © Jan Liégeois

astrolabe san zeno (Verona, Monastery of San Zeno; c. 1455)
Daniel Crouch Rare Books, price on application

Between the 15th and 18th centuries, this large astrolabe was hung on the wall of the Benedictine monastery of San Zeno in Verona, where monks used it to organize their devotional schedule and to track the phases of the moon and astronomical calendar. Dating from about 1455 and over 120 cm in diameter, it is the largest medieval astrolabe still in private hands and a remarkable testament to the study of astronomy and time during this period. It is featured in Daniel Crouch Rare Books along with a selection of “Cartographic Curiosities”.

astrolabe san zeno

astrolabe san zeno (Verona, Monastery of San Zeno; c. 1455). Daniel Crouch Rare Books, price on application

a A pair of late Baroque Italianate motifs (1740-60), Vergnani’s workshop, Faenza
Burzio, price on application

The Burzio of Dover Street is bringing a pair of late Baroque murals to this year’s TEFAF. Fired Foucault Gran (at high temperatures), ceramic panels are decorated with an intricate design of fruits and flowers; They were made between 1740 and 1760, when Vergnani’s workshop in Faenza was under the direction of Ignazio Basanti. A number of massive vases and glass trays in styles similar to these rare motifs can be found in public collections such as the Musée National Adrien Dubouché in Limoges, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the V&A in London.

A pair of late Baroque Italianate motifs

A pair of late Baroque Italianate motifs (1740-60), Vergnani’s workshop, Faenza. Burzio, price on application

Chinese court ladyAnd the Tang Dynasty
Ben Janssens Oriental Art £26,000

Ben Janssens Oriental Art displays a ceramic sculpture of a court lady from the Tang Dynasty (618-908 AD). This type of buxom figure is usually associated with Yang Guifei, the famous concubine of Tang; However, recent excavations have revealed similar numbers showing that the “Rubensian” beauty model was indeed the norm in the 1970s, before Yang Guifei rose to fame. This maid wears an elaborate hairdo and flowing robe, the heavy fabrics contrasting with her delicate hands.

Chinese court lady character

Chinese court lady Tang Dynasty
Ben Janssens Oriental Art £26,000

A watch representing Neptune and Diana (c. 1796) Jean-Simon Border
Galerie Léage, 200,000 – 300,000 euros

This massive wall clock in bronze and marble is over 75 cm high, represents the characters of Neptune and Diana and was made by Jean-Simon Bordier around 1796. Originally owned by Jean Lancher du Faux (1727-1805), it was set. MA in Publications Versailles by the Duke of Polygnac; The second example of this design was part of the Robert de Balkany collection. It will be presented by the Galerie Léage at this year’s exhibition, along with other pieces of 18th century furniture and fixtures art tools.

A watch representing Neptune and Diana

A watch representing Neptune and Diana (c.1796) Jean-Simon Border. Galerie Léage, 200,000 – 300,000 euros

Chevron (c. 1525), Atter. Koloman Helmschmied’s workshop
Peter Wiener, price upon request

Horses usually wear chevrons or chamferons in battle to protect their faces and ears; This year, London antiques dealer Peter Wiener brought one of these unusual pieces to the TEFAF fair. Dating from around 1525, this steel armor is attributed to the Augsburg workshop of German metalworker Koloman Helmschmied, whose pieces – known for their exquisite craftsmanship – can be found in the British Museum and the Met Museum in New York. It is rarely shown in the market.

Chevron in steel and leather from the Augsburg workshop

Chevron (c. 1525), Attr. Koloman Helmschmied workshop. Peter Wiener, price upon request

Closed park with animals (early 16th century), Southern Holland
De Wit, price on application

De Wit is famous for preserving and restoring tapestries, and presents a large portion of wool and silk depicting an idea Hortus conclusus, or an enclosed garden, is commonly used in medieval art to refer to the purity of the Virgin Mary, or as a reference to the Garden of Eden. This example dates from around 1500-25 and shows animals – mythical and real – surrounded by a red brick wall and a dazzling array of flowers and fruit trees.

Enclosed garden with animal tapestry

Closed park with animals (early 16th century), Southern Holland. De Wit, price on application

From the June 2022 issue of Apollo. Preview and sign up here.

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