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It’s showtime!

To inject new blood into the senior ranks of TEFAF exhibitors, the fair’s organisers allow younger dealers, some from non-traditional disciplines, to do a live audition each year in the Showcase section. Kate Quill finds out what this tough test involves

Next generation

It’s the exclusive club that everyone wants to belong to, but only a few make the grade. TEFAF Maastricht in March and TEFAF New York in May and November is rightly regarded as the crème de la crème of art fairs, in part thanks to its rigorous vetting procedures.

To shine a light on emerging talent in the art and antiques world, TEFAF began Showcase 10 years ago: a handful of tiny, inexpensive stands allowing ‘younger’ dealers and galleries the chance to show at the prestigious Maastricht fair. It is, crucially, an audition for the main event, and only one or two make it through every year.

But for those lucky ones, it can prove to be a gamechanger. We talk to four previous and current Showcase exhibitors.

If you are lazy, you would be eliminated from TEFAF very early Otto Jakob

Otto Jakob

Contemporary jewellery, Karlsruhe, Germany

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Published every week since 1971, Antiques Trade Gazette is affectionately known as ‘the Bible of the antiques trade’. A long tradition of authority, integrity and accuracy, makes it the essential read for everyone who loves antiques. With a subscription to Antiques Trade Gazette, you’ll stay ahead of all the developments in the art and antiques market, plus you’ll enjoy • A comprehensive auction calendar – see when and where every sale will be happening • Exclusive interviews with dealers, giving you the inside track on the trade • Breaking news on key industry developments • Secrets, stories and tips from leading specialists and collectors • Top lots advertised by auctioneers • Previews of the best art and antiques fairs and markets • Special supplements focusing on specific collecting areas

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