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Thursday, September 21, 2017

TEFAF Maastricht, March 18–27, 2011

Frans Francken the Younger, Mankind’s Eternal Dilemma--The Choice between Vice and Virtue, 1635.  Oli on panel, 142 x 210.8 cm. Frans Francken the Younger, Mankind’s Eternal Dilemma--The Choice between Vice and Virtue, 1635. Oli on panel, 142 x 210.8 cm. Image courtesy of Johnny van Haeften.
Maastricht, a picturesque medieval city steeped in history, filled with romantic streets and historic buildings, and arguably the oldest city in the Netherlands, is home once a year to the finest art and antiques show in the world, TEFAF Maastricht. When private jets fill the local airport everyone knows it’s show time. With 260 dealers from sixteen countries in nine sections, it was nearly impossible to view the entire show in the three days I was there. The art and objects in the show range from ancient to contemporary works, totaling an estimated $1.4 billion worth of museum-quality art. The Vernissage was packed with patrons, and it seemed as though there were more Americans willing to spend this year than last, acquiring some of the most important paintings in the show through dealers such as Noortman, Johnny van Haeften, and Koetser Gallery.

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