The Best of TEFAF (according to moi)
It all begins with the arrival to Amsterdam. I needed a few days to get over jet lag before heading off to Maastricht for the European Fine Art and Antique Fair (TEFAF).
Maastricht was booked solid for the show, so we stayed in the quaint town of Eijsden, about 10 minutes south. Eijsden proved to be a wonderful surprise, great restaurants ( we ate my favorite meal for the whole trip at Vanille), beautiful buildings, market, and the weather was plus 20!
This is a typical street scene in Maastricht during TEFAF. I guess you could say the show injects some money into the local economy. The streets were literally packed.
Upon arriving at TEFAF, the entrance was spectacular with light displays and the wall of roses. Yes, that is a 10 foot wide wall of live roses.
The buzz was already about "the horse". As we walked through the booths opening day of the show everyone was asking have you seen "the horse". That horse is the work of artist Nic Fiddian Greene. His magnificent metal sculpture was in the booth of Sladmore Gallery of London. The sculpture took up the entire space, it was crowed and intimate, you had to walk very close to the horse, a deliberate install decision by Sladmore. Price $475,000.00 pounds
My personal favorite of the show is an articulated artist model of a horse and rider 19th century. This was proudly offered for sale by Perrin Antiquaires of Paris. Price $75,000.00 Euros