Event Profile: TEFAF Maastricht

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TEFAF Maastricht claims to be the finest art and antiques fair in theworld. From 18–27 March 2011 more than 30,000 works of art spanning 7,000 years will go on sale at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) in the city of Maastricht in the southern Netherlands.

The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) attracts major collectors and museum curators from all over the globe. In 2010, more than 170 private jets flew into the local airport during the Fair with 82 arriving for the glamorous opening night party at which some 12, 500 glasses of champagne were served. The reason that serious collectors and important museum buyers regard a visit to TEFAF as essential is that they claim they will not find such an extraordinary range of high quality art and antiques anywhere else. Modern art, Old Master paintings, drawings, ceramics, Asian art, silver, antiquities, furniture and masterpieces of modern design are just some of the superb pieces to be found in the Fair's nine sections. The 260 exhibitors from 16 countries save their best works for TEFAF and their connoisseurship is reinforced by rigorous vetting by 26 teams of some 170 international experts. This ensures that the Fair's reputation for exhibiting only the best is maintained. Among the many highlights of TEFAF Maastricht 2011 will be:– Pierre–Auguste Renoir's superb painting of his son Claude exhibited by Hammer Galleries of New York as part of a special show of 20 works by the great Frenchman. – Henry Moore's magnificent sculpture Mother and Child Block Seat brought by Landau Fine Art of Montreal. – A rare and important 7, 000 year–old Greek idol recently rediscovered by Rupert Wace Ancient Art of London. – A pair of stunningly beautiful 17th century German amber and ivory altarpieces shown by Kunstkammer Georg Laue from Munich. For the 2011 event the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will lend rare prints personally selected by Wim Pijbes, its General Director, for a special exhibition at TEFAF.

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