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Dutch navigators on a fair course

The roots of TEFAF Maastricht remain strong, with quality works of art still key to its success

SPEAK to almost any dealer and they say that the biggest change since TEFAF Maastricht was launched in 1988 is the multi-national nature of the fair, writes Alex Capon.

This is something that has accelerated over the last decade as the fair has reflected the general trend toward globalisation at the top end of the art market. Today, dealers come from 21 countries aiming to sell to visitors who fly in from all over the world to the small city for one week a year.

But, go back 40 years, and fairs in Maastricht were much smaller and notably more ‘Dutch’ affairs, including the two original precursors to TEFAF – the Antiqua and Pictura fairs. These events eventually merged in 1985 and morphed into TEFAF three years later.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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