TEFAF Maastricht 2018: The Best of The Best London Originals: An Art Affair
(Facing page) A Love Tale by WALLACE CHAN. Horse-shaped jadeite, diamond, pink diamond, jadeite, crystal, brown diamond, tsavorite garnet, yellow diamond and titanium; China 2017. (Above) A brooch in the form of an owl in the Etruscan taste by CASTELLANI. Gold, the surface decorated with filigree, the eyes set with banded agate; Castellani monogram Rome, circa 1860.
Rarity and quality are the distinctive features of TEFAF Maastricht, Netherlands – thanks to the 275 exhibiting dealers, who offered inimitable collections that made it a must-visit fair for international buyers. The 31st edition of the fair was opened to the public on March 10th, while March 8th-9th were reserved for collectors to preview the show, which celebrates over 7,000 years of art history. Something that collectors can expect, and for which TEFAF Maastricht is uniquely known, is that exhibitors offer items from highly specialised collecting categories. A master class in craftsmanship was on offer at Adrian Sassoon, a specialist in 18th century ceramics and a Maastricht exhibitor since 2008. The gallery has a longstanding relationship with the internationally renowned goldsmith, GIOVANNI CORVAJA, who is an alchemist when it comes to his craft. Corvaja’s latest work showcased true innovation in goldsmithing technology. The Mandala Bowl (pictured alongside) is composed of approximately 4,000 metres of 18-karat gold wire, and yet in the way it has been crafted, around two-thirds of its volume is air. This allows for a captivating play of light over its geometric structure. The icnonic HEMMERLE celebrates the 125th anniversary of the business this year. A long-time participant at TEFAF, Hemmerle showcased among other things, the Harmony Bangle (left) set with two aquamarines at the finials of the textured aluminium piece. The unusual light blue colour on the metal has been developed by Hemmerle in its Munich atelier through years of experimenting with aluminium’s colour variations.
THE GALLERY HAS A LONGSTANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED GOLDSMITH, GIOVANNI CORVAJA, WHO IS AN ALCHEMIST WHEN IT COMES TO HIS CRAFT. CORVAJA’S LATEST WORK SHOWCASED TRUE INNOVATION IN GOLDSMITHING TECHNOLOGY.
Also within TEFAF La Haute Joaillerie, VAN
CLEEF & ARPELS showcased an array of both stunning vintage and contemporary pieces to underline the superior craftsmanship and creativity of the maison. Of note from The Heritage collection was a magnificent light and flexible diamond necklace (c.1955), which comprises some 60 baguette-cut stones and 23 pear-shaped diamonds. The elegant, pear-shaped diamonds float along rows of
baguette-cut diamonds creating a brilliant dance of light along the wearer’s neck (see above left).
OTTO JAKOB, a self-taught artistgoldsmith, has since 1980 devoted himself exclusively to the creation of jewellery. Otto Jakob employs 10 master goldsmiths in his atelier in Karlsruhe, Germany, and produces just about 100 pieces a year. At TEFAF, the brown diamond earrings (above right) mounted in white gold were
set with old mine-cut brown diamonds and highlighted with vitreous enamel. The earrings were inspired by the mathematical architecture of spindle-shaped gastropod shells. The abstract whorls were covered with translucent green-grey vitreous enamel and set with brown diamonds within eye-like mounts.
Debuting at the TEFAF was VERDURA’s Ravenna Cuff (below) that was designed by Duke Fulco di Verdura in the 1930s for Coco Chanel. The 18-karat gold cuff is dotted with green tourmaline, tanzanite, amethyst and peridot, with ivory-coloured enamel and 18-karat gold; and the 18-karat gold cuff with black enamel is set with tanzanite, rainbow moonstone, white topaz, and amethyst. Inspired by Byzantine splendour, the cuff juxtaposes bold gemstones in a striking geometry.
The Toggle Torque Necklace by SUZANNE BELPERRON. Black lacquer, platinum and 18-karat grey gold set with 6 carats of diamonds, including one 2.02-carat round, brilliant-cut diamond. From the Belperron Toujours collection, designed by Suzanne Belperron...
An Art Deco Panel Necklace by MARCHAK. Three-row turquoise beads and carved lapis lazuli in between, centred by an oval lapis panel pierced and carved with a floral and foliate scroll design, the panels mounted in gold; Paris, circa 1930.
Floral Cross Pendant. Silver and diamonds, 1770. Quintessentially high rococo, the cross composed of openwork asymmetrical floral trails unites religious symbolism with the contemporary interest in botany stimulated by the publications of the Swedish...