[by Marjolein] Time flies when you’re having art fun. It feels like it is only a few months ago that I curated my Tefaf top five in Maastricht but that is actually a year ago!
The highlight of the year for cultural globetrotters – moi – is happening this week at TEFAF (the European Fine Art Fair) in Maastricht. Showcase for the finest works of art that are currently on the market. Iin a renewed setting, presenting 40 new exhibitors, with more focus on contemporary items.
I am anticipating new-to-TEFAF ‘haute joaillerie’ designers and jewelry dealers, such as New York based Siegelson and Symbolic & Chase from London.
Another year, another top five. My personal selection for 2019:
Tefaf fav 1 – JAR sapphire ear clips
New at TEFAF Maastricht and straight onto number one: a pair of JAR sapphire and diamond surround ear clips at Symbolic & Chase. Yes, they are large, but very comfortable on my ear. Typical JAR (as in Joel Arthur Rosenthal), the large cabochon sapphires are slightly different in color and position in the design. This is sexy 3.0. Actually, I am lusting after everything here, whether by contemporary designers or vintage from the likes of Cartier, Boivin or Van Cleef & Arpels.
Tefaf fav 2 – CoBra
Big name, great art: a blue acrylic ‘Astres et Desastres’ by Pierre Alechinsky can be found at Jaski Art Gallery from Amsterdam. Certainly no ‘disaster’, these circles by Belgian CoBrA artist draw me in. It turns out to be painted in 1969, so Chapter Fifty worthy from now on. Walk in further in the stand, turn left and explore the chamber that co-owner Robbert van Ham filled himself with smaller sized works of art by various artists, wall-to-wall.
Tefaf fav 3 – cuff it
Designed by Belgian kinetics artist Pol Bury (1922 -2005) a heavy 18k gold cuff at VKD Jewels is my number three. Yes, kinetics, so some of these gold balls move when I shake my wrist. In a 1969 interview, Pol Bury explained
“I am searching for the point which exists between the moving and the non-moving.”
Run by energetic & fun & well-dressed sister team Aimée and Fleur van Kranendonk Duffels, VKD Jewels is specialized in fine and rare jewelry from the late 19th century to mid 20th century. I always find beautiful must-haves in their red-walled treasure trove.
Tefaf fav 4 – Dutch Delftware
Whoever says Dutch Delftware is out, is just dead wrong. Look at this amazing polychrome hare tureen and cover (it’s a pair) at Aronson Antiquairs. This will look great in a contemporary setting. Made in Delft (where else?) around 1765. Charming Robert – as in 5th generation of Aronsons – proudly shows me his collection of the highest quality Delftware. I especially like the central round chamber (designed by himself), inside walls covered in various colorful pieces.
Tefaf fav 5 – golden thread
Last but certainly not least is a refined gold brooch by Italian master goldsmith Giovanni Corvoja (Padua, 1971). I am instantly in love with this extremely refined work. While putting it on my hand Giovanni tells me some of his items take 9 months to finish. Better not drop it then. Giovanni is represented by renowned gallery Adrian Sassoon from London who states that
“there is no other artist working with gold today who is able to seduce this luxurious material in such an extraordinary way”.
Apart from presenting Corvoja, Sassoon has contemporary objects (think ceramics, glass, silver, gold and jewelry) by a variety of designers on show.
It’s time to up my caffeine and sugar levels. I’m told the hazelnut pastries at the Pastry Bar are the best Maastricht has to offer. A fifty-something girl has to treat herself once in a while, Chapter Fifty style.
As a final tip: do go to the First Floor section. Walk all the way to the back and find a loan selection from the renowned Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden. Especially the huge Rembrandt painting on the right is stunning. As in depicting a huge dangling, peeing baby; seriously.
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