The European Fine Art Foundation



2015-06-26 10:52:04

The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) is a European organisation founded in 1989, primarily charged with running The European Fine Art Fair (also known as TEFAF).



According to the TEFAF website, the fair began as the bi-annual 'Pictura Fine Arts Fair' in 1975, specialising in Old Master paintings and medieval sculptures.

In its first year, it had 28 international exhibitors; within three years, this had increased to 42. By 1989, the fair had expanded enormously and the foundation was created to organise the fair from then on

TEFAF is now the world’s leading fine arts fair, held annually in Maastricht. It features 260 of the world’s most prestigious art and antiques dealers from 16 countries.

Their website features information on the upcoming event, details of the exhibitors in each section, an online catalogue for the sales and auctions, and regularly updated news on important items set to feature at the fair.

The European Fine Art Fair

The Fair is divided into eight sections, each with its own list of dealers. These sections are:


The fair offers an extensive collection of Flemish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, French, German and English paintings, prints and drawings from the 13th to the 19th century.


Furniture from the 16th century to the 19th century, European, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, medieval to modern sculptures, textiles, Oriental art, ceramics, silver, glass and antique jewellery. Icons, ethnographic art, pre-Columbian art, musical instruments, clocks and scientific instruments.


This section includes sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs and video installations. There is work from artists such as Henry Moore, Willem de Kooning and Rothko, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor and Francis Bacon.


Lavishly decorated manuscripts from around the world, many of them extremely rare and with unusual histories.

Classical Antiquities

Featuring statues, coins, masks, decorative objects and other items from civilisations such as Ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt.

Haute Joaillerie

Jewellery, watches and decorative objects from many of the world’s most prestigious jewellers and designers.


Featuring leading international specialists and experts in 20th century design and applied arts.


Featuring drawings and limited edition prints ranging from Old Masters to contemporary works, photography, antiquarian books and manuscripts, Japanese prints, paintings and screens on paper and other works such as wallpaper.

Additional information

The fair also has a showcase for recently established galleries and dealers, and a number of lectures and cultural events such as theatre performances and classic concerts, and several high quality restaurants, cafes and bars for patrons.

Recent activity

In 2010, the foundation commissioned a report on the global art market. This was compiled by Dr Clare McAndrew and delivered in early 2011.

The report highlighted that China is now the second biggest global art market, accounting for 23% of sales in 2010.

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