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View from the floor

TEFAF exhibitors give their views on where ‘the greatest art show on earth’ stands today and its future. Peter Crush reports

Exhibitor opinion

ROUND TABLE

In a world where auction sales grab all the headlines, dealers have their own citadel of selling: the 10-day marathon that is TEFAF Maastricht.

For many dealers, TEFAF is the make-or-break event of the year – some are said to do 60% or at times even more of their year’s business there.

It’s where exhibitors, who take part only by invitation, face the scrutiny of TEFAF’s famously strict vetting process, ensuring only the best-of-the-best is on show.

But with TEFAF now also holding events in New York in spring and autumn, it would be hard to imagine Maastricht attracting the same volume of US buyers as it once did.

So, given the barriers to entry and the widening high-end fair options on both sides of the Atlantic, is participation in TEFAF still all it’s cracked up to be?

Ahead of the 2018 Maastricht event, Antiques Trade Gazette convened a panel of exhibitors – some stalwarts, others less seasoned, each from different disciplines – to assess whether this famed fair lives up to its billing as ‘the greatest art show on earth’.

Editor Noelle McElhatton began by asking whether exhibitors are happy with the kind of buyers Maastricht attracts.

Back l-r: Oliver Moss, Anne Crane (ATG), Mark Weiss, James Butterwick, Front row l-r: Alex Capon (ATG), Noelle McElhatton (ATG editor and round table host), Frances Allitt (ATG).
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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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