About TEFAF

  • Photo: Kirsten Chilstrom

    Photo: Kirsten Chilstrom

CHAMPIONING THE FINEST ART FROM ACROSS THE AGES  

Established in 1988, TEFAF is widely regarded as the world’s pre-eminent organization for fine art, antiques, and design. TEFAF runs three Fairs internationally - TEFAF Maastricht, which covers 7,000 years of art history; TEFAF New York Spring, focused on modern and contemporary art & design; and TEFAF New York Fall, covering fine and decorative art from antiquity to 1920.  

TEFAF gives international dealers the platform to present museum-quality works of all eras and genres to a broad base of collectors and connoisseurs.  

In addition to its annual TEFAF Maastrichtfair in March at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Center) in the Netherlands, TEFAF expanded to the United States in October 2016. It presents two additional Fairs - TEFAF New York Fall and TEFAF New York Spring - held in October and May respectively, in the global art center, New York City.  

 

CREATING AN ART COMMUNITY  

TEFAF champions the finest art through the ages and from around the world. It brings together a network of top international dealers, who, through a combination of expertise and accessibility, inspire lovers of art from around the world.  

 

THIRTY YEARS OF EXCELLENCE  

Founded by art dealers in 1988 and run as a non-profit foundation, TEFAF has a proud history of showcasing masterpieces in every category of fine art – from antiques, Old Masters and Haute Joaillerie to contemporary painting, works on paper and 20th century design.  

TEFAF is unrivalled in the rigor with which it checks the quality, authenticity, and condition of the works of art on sale at its Fairs. Using the latest technical equipment, its vetting committees scrutinize every item to be presented, so buyers can feel confident that any object offered for sale has passed through the hands and under the eyes of leading international experts.  

 

MORE THAN JUST FAIRS  

TEFAF also publishes an annual TEFAF Art Market Report, which provides a global perspective on economic trends in the art market. Published since 2000, it uses data from auctioneers, dealers, collectors, industry observers, and art sales databases to produce what is the most comprehensive summary of its kind available.