TEFAF Stories offers unique perspectives into the world of fine art, antiques, and design.
Meet the Experts
Asian Antiques Dealer Runjeet Singh on His First Time Exhibiting at TEFAF
Singh shares the experience of his first fair and explores his fascination with antique arms and armor
June 14, 2021
The Art De Vivre of Renzo Mongiardino and Federico Forquet
Alessandra Di Castro and Martina Mondadori on two Italian grand decorators
April 6, 2021
March 19, 2021
Interview with Gary and Anita Klesch
“The number one rule is you have to fall in love with a painting.”
October 30, 2020
Interview with Patricia Cisneros
“I would encourage people to look deep into their souls” : Collector, Patricia Cisneros on responsibility to cultural history.
September 20, 2020
Museum Restoration Fund
Lacma: The Restoration of ‘Pieta’ by Melchor Pérez Holguin
Considering its age, the work is in good condition, but it requires a careful restoration, which is in progress under Joseph Fronek, Head of Paintings Conservation.
January 2, 2020
Victoria & Albert Museum: The Restoration Of The Kaufmann Office By Frank Lloyd Wright
Through the restoration process, the V&A will gain insight into how the office was constructed and this information will be of interest to expert conservators around the world.
January 24, 2020
National Gallery London: The Restoration of Van Dyck’s Equestrian Portrait of Charles I
Learn how it took a small army of people to clean, repair and restore one of the National Gallery’s largest paintings:
January 15, 2019
Civic Pride: The City as Collector
This discussion will explore what it means for a city to collect, or for a museum to collect objects relating to the history and artistic production of cities.
November 25, 2020
Old Masters, New Spaces: Historical Art in Modernist Buildings
This discussion will place the Frick’s venture in the context of other modernist spaces in which historical collections have been displayed.
November 20, 2020
Retrieving Lost Identities: The Black Figure in Art, Past and Present
One of the most urgent and compelling topics shaping the art world today is the pictorial representation of the black figure— a complex and highly charged subject whose dynamics extend far beyond the studio, gallery, and classroom.
September 8, 2020
Stone and Faith: Rebuilding Notre Dame
Notre Dame’s reconstruction whether viewed through a spiritual, aesthetic, or historic lens, will continue to fascinate and frustrate us. It will also yield practical lessons about a host of preservation, heritage, and its institutional role in the city itself.
September 1, 2020
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Detail of Laccato Bowl for Venini by Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) circa 1947 Glass 7 x 23 cm (2.8 x 9 in.) Presented by @marcheiremans during #TEFAFNY Spring 2019
This Laccato bowl by the Italian modernist designer and architect Carlo Scarpa was designed in 1940. Using a simple “ad incalmo” technique, the two separately blown forms, one red, the other black, are united at their rim which has the same circumference. The red part is made of crushed pearls mixed with slices of a solid murrine cane. The resulting slab has a slightly rough surface and was—consisting basically of tiny chips—unsuitable to be blown. Once both parts were united, the whole was covered with colourless glass. This stabilized the material after which the vessel could be shaped. Due to the complex execution process, only very few of these objects were ever produced.