The Unmissable Jewellery Design at TEFAF Maastricht 2023
Discover exquisite jewellery at TEFAF Maastricht 2023 from Didier, Hemmerle and Van Cleef & Arpels
TEFAF Maastricht is widely regarded as the world’s premier fair for fine art, antiques and design. Featuring 270 prestigious dealers from some 20 countries, TEFAF Maastricht is a showcase for the finest art works currently on the market. Alongside the traditional areas of Old Master paintings, antiques, and classical antiquities that cover approximately half of the fair, you can also find modern and contemporary art, jewelry, 20th-century design and works on paper.
From the moment the fair first opened its doors in 1988 at the MECC in Maastricht, TEFAF has been dedicated to presenting the world’s finest art—across categories—under one roof. What began as a radical idea for a new fair model has transformed into “the greatest fair in the world,” according to one of TEFAF’s first exhibitors, Old Master dealer Johnny van Haeften.
A commitment to excellence, rigorous vetting standards, and an unparalleled collecting experience have remained constant in TEFAF’s journey to today.
Alongside this year’s artworks and objets – highlights of which include Josef Hoffmann’s Mantle Clock and Alonso Sánchez Coello’s Portrait of a young noblewoman – sits an exquisite collection of jewellery from respected houses and designers.
Offbeat design codes are epitomised in the work of German jewellery house Hemmerle, whose unexpected designs and unusual materials bring a subversive sensibility to high jewellery design, with its take on a classic diamond ring becoming a juxtaposition of diamond cuts held in the jaws of an iron band.
René Lalique’s gold, enamel and glass ring for Wartski plays with surrealist themes, capturing a female figure carved in intaglio, leaning in for a kiss. In a 1971 piece by Van Cleef & Arpels, jewellery also takes on unexpected forms, with a yellow-gold, sapphire, emerald and diamond pendant also wearable as a clip.
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Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design.