Hello from Holland where the 28th edition of The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) has kicked off in splendid style. Just when you think it can't get any better, the organizers and exhibitors of this preeminent art and antiques fair produce an event that is beyond even the highest expectations. This year, nearly 300 exhibitors from around the world presented an exceptional selection of rare, fine and extraordinary items ranging from icons to ivory to illustrated books from antiquity to modern times. It was my great pleasure and privilege to spend two days exploring the treasures of TEFAF.
One of the greatest joys of a fair of this scope is the opportunity to see fabulous examples of works in fields that one would not ordinarily seek out. For example, I know next to nothing about Asian art, yet I am enthralled with the marvelous objects so beautifully displayed on the stands of the specialists in Oriental art. Like this group of three Samurai hats, one in iron, one in lacquer and one in mother-of-pearl, all from the Edo Period and displayed atop a wheeled ledger cabinet from the late 19th century at the booth of London dealer Ben Janssens.