TEFAF, Maastricht, 2017: still the best
We spent an enjoyable weekend unpacking a truck-full of crates, each revealing a piece of furniture, an object or a picture, soon to be placed or hung on our expanded Maastricht stand. Thanks as ever to Aston Spinks (see below) and Nicky Aubury, the stand was set and lit by Monday morning.
The views of the stand give, we hope, an impression of what Patricia and I look forward to sharing with you later this week.
Among our highlights is a grouping of Regency-period works of art: a presentation bust of George IV by Rundell, Bridge & Rundell; a box attributed to George Bullock containing marble samples, and from the collection of William Beckford a 17th-century Japanese bowl mounted with silver-gilt mounts marked for James Aldridge, and a cup and saucer by Dihl & Guérard.
In the run up to Maastricht, TEFAF arranges a series of morning talks, modertated by Thomas Marks, editor of Apollo. On Monday 13th February Antonia Boström and I explored the relationship between museums and the art trade in an event hosted by the V&A entitled ‘An unholy alliance: Conflict or Symbiosis’. An extract on YouTube is attached: (https://youtu.be/tCexjfz4YzM)