Art, City, Culture, Holland

Top five favourite pieces of art at TEFAF 2018

[by Marjolein] It’s that time of year again. TEFAF 2018 time. When Maastricht – in the south of Holland – becomes the centre of the international fine art, antiques and design world. Only the best of the international best, quality ànd quantity, comes together in this temporary renowned mega art fair. For another week this is the place to admire people, art, flowers and feel the vibes.
Established in 1988, this fair brings 275 different art dealers and 7,000 years of art history in one building.
I put on my heels and an elegant Pauw dress (day one outfit) and am set to go. My aim is to bring you a Top Five Favs, but damn, that’s difficult! So here it is, brought on by love for beauty and colour.

Tefaf 2018 Glenn Spiro

Tefaf Favs 1 – Moving butterfly by Glenn Spiro

A ruby, pink sapphire and diamond moving butterfly ring by ‘G’. ‘G’ stands for Glenn, as in Glenn Spiro. This highly energetic and original British designer is a new comer at TEFAF. The ‘G’ butterfly ring has an amazing use of gems. The craftmanship is like nothing I’ve seen before. Let’s put her on my finger. See, I twist a little bit and the wings are moving.
Click here to see the pink butterfly fly…

tefaf todd fitch mitose

Tefaf Favs 2 – Mitose-4 by Todd & Fitch

‘Mitose-4’ (2018) is a single original work by duo Todd & Fitch at Galerie Flore. It puts a big smile on my face. This is what I call ‘happy’ contemporary art. Made of 3D laser cut polyester, LED tape and acrylic paint. Would look great in any type of house. Mystery duo Todd & Fitch nailed it again at Galerie Flore from Brussels. T&F first exhibited at TEFAF in 2011. Always at great success, that’s a no-brainer.

tefaf 2018 hemmerle

Tefaf Favs 3 – Hemmerle tourmaline ear clips

A pair of tourmaline ear clips, set in green aluminum by German jeweler Hemmerle. Just look at the photos: they say it all. In my favorite shades of – yep – green. The exciting thing is that both greens are slightly different: one bluish, one yellowish. Hemmerle is world-renowned for bold use of colour and materials. And this year the company is 125 years old. Yes, old, but oh so innovative at the same time.
Also the stand is impressive, created by award-winning Dutch designer Tom Postma.

Tefaf 2018 Nico Delaive Sam Francis

Tefaf Favs 4 – A classic Sam Francis

For me, the more color the better. An untitled work done in 1989 by Sam Francis (1923-1994) is one of many at Galerie Delaive. This big colourful work of the late Californian artist Sam Francis really draws me in. The acrylic on paper work does something to me. Can’t explain why, actually. Does it matter? No, buying art should come from the heart.
And it does help that Delaive is a seriously fun gallery – hence owner Nico Delaive‘s custom made Nike shoes in matching Sam Francis colors – just around the corner of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

tefaf 2018 sj phillips cartier

Tefaf Favs 5 – Lapis Lazuli Cartier style

Lapis lazuli and diamond bead cluster earrings by Cartier Paris at S.J. Phillips from London. Funky, that’s what comes in mind when I hear these ear clips call my name.
They check all the right boxes: signed Cartier Paris; easy to wear; dress up or down; super quality. Must try them on, now. Instant love for these 1960s ear clips, one of so much jewelry candy at the S. J. Phillips stand.

Tefaf 2018 art

Buzzz. Vibes. Beauty. Energy. Impressions. My head is spinning, time to go and digest it all mentally over dinner!
TEFAF; it’s exhausting, but a total must see. I’ll unwind at the hotel and get ready for a day 2. Might be on flats this time.

TEFAF Maastricht 
untill Sunday March, 18 
daily 11.00 - 19.00 hrs

Tefaf 2018
left to right, clockwise

  1. Marjolein in front of Ten Kate‘s wonder flower wall
  2. Portuguese yellow gold bracelet  ca. 1935 at A la Vieille Russie
  3. Augusto Giacometti ‘Still Life with Buttercups’
  4. Faerie brooch by Wallace Chan



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