Just opened in those days the 31th edition of TEFAF Maastricht 2018, largely recognized as one of the most important trade show for Fine Art and Antiquity with only a very high-end offer of true masterpieces from every ages and everywhere in the world, from antiquities until the most contemporary artist of last centuries and modern design.
However TEFAF primarily is historically the greatest show for all top antiquity, old masters and jewelry dealers
TEFAF Antiques,in particular, is the largest and most comprehensive section of the fair , including more than 90 galleries and showing only very top-level masterpieces, often entering for their first time in the market and with very exceptional rediscoveries. In fact, Contemporary art dealers aren’t the only ones who make new (and very lucrative ) discoveries, but also old masters experts are working in this way in a very competitive market, by scouring archives, visiting private apartments, townhouses and châteaux and examining objects with increasingly sophisticated technology. The stakes are high: often, new research and attribution can boost the price of an object considerably.
At this edition of TEFAF there are a number of works that have benefited from this kind of art-historical sleuthing are on view at a variety of price points. Among it we can mention the curios affair of the Antonio Canova’s Self Portrait of Giorgione (1792) presented by the italian Galleria Antonacci Lapiccirella Fine Art: This painting, which has never been offered before and is believed to be the only Canova painting currently on the market, started out as a practical joke. In fact, the celebrated sculptor wanted to prove his mettle as a painter, more specifically, he wanted to see if he could fool his peers into believing that one of his paintings was actually the work of the high Renaissance master Giorgione. Though the story of this self-portrait is included in many accounts of Canova’s life, the location of the work was unknown until recently. Lapiccirella bought it from the same family that had owned it for 150 years. “The seller didn’t know it was a Canova—we bought it as anonymous,” Lapiccirella told artnet News. He suspected the work might be the fabled self-portrait because the panel was from the 16th century, but the materials were Neoclassical.
But there are so many other interesting pieces and stories behind them in this section, so we’d like to report you some of them always with a rich gallery of picture. Enjoy!