I had the very good fortune to receive an invitation to the opening last Thursday and took the early train from Paris to Liège and then on to Maastricht and walked through the doors with thousands of other fair-goers shortly after noon. As this was not my first time, I was prepared to be amazed at the magnificent floral displays for which TEFAF is famous, and once again they did not disappoint. Hundreds of test tubes, suspended from the ceiling, each with a white flower and/or a green flower, gave the impression of stars twinkling above the fairyland that waited beyond.
This year, 273 dealers from 21 countries are exhibiting paintings, furniture, decorations, coins, rugs, jewelry, books, porcelains, clocks, armor, sculpture, marine instruments, and anything else you can possibly imagine, covering over 7,000 years of history. Here are a few pieces that caught my eye:
On the stand of Dickinson, London, is this beautiful oil painting by Renoir entitled "Au Bord de l'eau", 1885. This Impressionist masterpiece had a firm reserve at $12 million by the end of the opening day.