Helvoirt, 2nd February 2011 /PRNewswire/ — TEFAF Maastricht is the finest art and antiques fair in the world. From 18-27 March 2011 more than 30,000 works of art spanning 7,000 years will go on sale at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) in the city of Maastricht in the southern Netherlands. The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) attracts major collectors and museum curators from all over the globe. Last year more than 170 private jets flew into the local airport during the Fair with 82 arriving for the glamorous opening night party at which some 12,500 glasses of champagne were served.

The reason that serious collectors and important museum buyers regard a visit to TEFAF as essential is that they will not find such an extraordinary range of high quality art and antiques anywhere else. Modern art, Old Master paintings, drawings, ceramics, Asian art, silver, antiquities, furniture and masterpieces of modern design are just some of the superb pieces to be found in the Fair's nine sections. The 260 exhibitors from 16 countries save their best works for TEFAF and their connoisseurship is reinforced by rigorous vetting by 29 teams of some 170 international experts. This ensures that the Fair's reputation for exhibiting only the best is maintained

Among the many highlights of TEFAF Maastricht 2011 will be:

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir's superb painting of his son Claude exhibited by Hammer Galleries of New York as part of a special show of 20 works by the great Frenchman.
  • Henry Moore's magnificent sculpture Mother and Child Block Seat brought by Landau Fine Art of Montreal.
  • A rare and important 7,000 year-old Greek idol recently rediscovered by Rupert Wace Ancient Art of London.
  • A pair of stunningly beautiful 17th century German amber and ivory altarpieces shown by Kunstkammer Georg Laue from Munich.

This year the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will lend rare prints personally selected by Wim Pijbes, its General Director, for a special exhibition at TEFAF. Nothing better illustrates the high regard that the world's top museums have for this incomparable art fair.

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