For 11 days each year in March, the fantastical intersection of Madison Avenue and Champs Elysées becomes reality in the Dutch town of Maastricht. At TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s most important annual art fair, the “streets” adopt the names of the most prestigious shopping thoroughfares from around the globe, bringing the world’s finest dealers in art, antiques, and jewelry under one roof.
Hailing from 20 countries, a total of 275 dealers (20 less than last year) will set up shop next week along Place Vendôme, New Bond Street, Sunset Boulevard, and the like. Nearly anything a well-heeled collector, or museum curator for that matter, could ever want will be on display for purchase at TEFAF, from paintings by Pieter Breughel the Younger and Peter Paul Rubens to a Mae West Lips Sofa by Salvador Dali.
Salvador Dali (1904-Figueras-1989) Mae West Lips Sofa – Tissue and wood. Signed and numbered in engraving in copper plaque ‘EA 1/4’ 1936-1973 (Patrick Derom Gallery)
And, of course, there is jewelry. Lots of jewelry. Twenty booths at TEFAF will literally sparkle with the most beautiful jewelry in the world. Rare, antique pieces from renowned dealers such as A La Vieille Russie, Hancocks and S.J. Phillips will glisten just as bright as new, shiny creations of Hemmerle, Graff, Buccellati and Alexandre Reza – who will be exhibiting for the first time this year at TEFAF.
Here is a preview of the goods that will grace the jewelry cases at TEFAF Maastricht 2015:
Andrea Buccellati Necklace – White gold, diamonds
Chopard Earrings from the Green Carpet Collection – 18kt. white ‘Fairmined’ gold, set with 11.77ct. marquise cut diamonds. Switzerland, 2014
Graff Le Collier Bleu de Rêve – Featuring a 10.47 carat Fancy Vivid Blue Internally Flawless briolette diamond drop and a 4.22 carat lozenge cut Colombian emerald. – This necklace is set with an exceptionally rare and exquisitely beautiful 10.47 carat Fancy Vivid Blue Internally Flawless briolette diamond. The hypnotic depth of the blue briolette is perfectly juxtaposed with a striking 4.22 carat old-mine Colombian emerald. It has been said that there is a magic in emeralds, almost as old as civilisation itself and this jewel is undoubtedly the very finest example possible with no inclusions or garden. A transformable jewellery piece the central element can be detached from the beaded diamond necklace and worn alone as a brooch.
Hemmerle Ring – Stainless steel, red gold, pink diamond, white gold
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Otto Jakob Kapok Ring moulded using beeswax sticks, inspired by the entwined shapes of the roots of kapok trees native to the Southeast Asian rainforests. – Partially oxidized white gold, cornflower-blue sapphire 7.49ct, 223 brown diamonds, 214 black diamonds. One-of-a-kind. 2015
Otto Jakob Ventanas Hoop earrings in the shape of twisted prismatic crystals, whose facets are set with irregular see-through windows—rose cut diamonds—surrounded by diamond micro pavé. Partially oxidized white gold, 40 irregular rose-cut diamonds, 239 brilliant cut diamonds. 2014
Alexandre Reza La Chose Ring – Featuring a natural Columbian 11.72ct. cabochon emerald set on a rose gold and diamond mount
Alexandre Reza Carcan Necklace – Historically-inspired gold set with 11 shapes of diamonds, 37.11 carats, the intricate gold work accented by 154 natural pearls. Circa 1983
A La Vieille Russie
An Art Nouveau gold compact featuring rue anemones ornamented with cabochon sapphires surrounded by rose-cut diamonds, by Fabergé. Moscow, 1896-1908 (A La Vieille Russie)
Art Deco lapis lazuli, diamond and enamel drop earrings (A La Vieille Russie)
A. Aardewerk Antiquair. Juwelier b.v.
Lluís Masriera (1872-1958) Art Nouveau Pendant – Yellow gold, ivory and plique-à-jour enamel, set with 75 rose-cut diamonds and 15 carré-cut sapphires. Barcelona, 1910-1914. (Aardewerk)
Rare bracelet decorated with a gem set couple of laying tigers. Yellow gold, white and fancy intense yellow diamonds, emeralds and onyx. Cartier, Paris (Veronique Bamps)
Rare diamond and multigem bracelet – Gold and silver, diamonds, rubies, garnet, topaz, peridot, tourmaline, imperial topaz. Circa 1850 (Veronique Bamps)
Lorenzo Guerrini Collar with cabochon sapphires – Made in 18ct yellow gold, with one hinged rounded end, decorated with embossed stylized flowers set with small brilliant cut diamonds, circular cut sapphires and rubies, and further decorated with large cabochon sapphires. Designed and worked by Lorenzo Guerrini in the gold workshop of Mario Masenza, Rome. With original green kid leather pouch. Inscribed on the outside, LORENZO GUERRINI, MASENZA, ROMA – Rome, late 1940s. (Didier Ltd.)
A demi parure with its fitted case – Silver, gold, topaz, diamonds, gilt leather – Portugal, last third of the 18th C. (Deborah Elvira)
Epoque Fine Jewels
Van Cleef & Arpels Necklace of Oriental Inspiration – 18kt. gold, platinum, emerald, rubies, brilliant cut diamonds. Signed ‘Van Cleef & Arpels’ and numbered. Paris, circa 1960 (Epoque Fine Jewels)
Pierre Sterle ‘Ribbon’ Motif Necklace – Double row diamonds, set with baguette and round cut diamonds. Paris, circa 1960 (Hancocks)
Van Cleef & Arpels ‘Stripe’ necklace, bracelet and earrings suite – Brilliant cut diamonds and sapphires mounted in platinum. Paris, 1962 (Hancocks)
A Bow Brooch and a pair of Drop Earrings Diamond – Brooch circa 1890, Earrings circa 1840 (S.J. Phillips)
A pair of mother-of-pearl and diamond clips by Mauboussin Paris, circa 1970 (S.J. Shrubsole)
René Lalique (1860-1945) Art Nouveau Brooch – 18kt. yellow gold, enamel. In original case. Signed ‘Lalique’ – Paris, circa 1900 (Marjan Sterk)
Marchak Two Necklaces with Matching Earrings – Two yellow gold longchains, each spectacle-set with either amethist or citrine; With matching ‘day and night’ clip earrings with detachable drops. Signed ‘Marchak Paris’ (Marjan Sterk)
Van Kranendonk Duffels
Aldo Cipullo Necklace – 18kt. gold, carnelian and lapis lazuli – Designed as graduated circular links of carved carnelian joined by lapis sugarloaf-cut cabochons. Signed. Circa 1970 (Van Kranendonk Duffels)
George Fouquet & Alphonse Mucha – A gold corsage designed by the painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) and made by the French jeweller George Fouquet (1862-1957). This jewel was conceived as a frame for a painted miniature of an idealized beauty and is profusely decorated with gemstones and enamel work. Chains hung with semi-precious stones in cagework settings complete the talismanic quality of this rare jewel. (Wartski)
Carlo and Arthur Giuliano (active 1895-1914) Necklace – Gold, black and white enamel, diamonds, brown zircons, pearls. London, circa 1890 (Wartski)