Wouldn’t it be cool if you could walk into one of New York City’s many fabulous art museums and actually buy the stuff on display (dibs on the bronze Diana at the Met!)? That’s kind of what you get to do at the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) this fall at the Park Avenue Armory.
Regarded as one of the world’s top international arts and antiques fairs since it was established in 1988, TEFAF graces us with its Old Masters paintings and sculptures each October. Virtually every kind of art, from every historic period and from all over the globe, is on offer. The fair features items of varying price points, making it easy for both the experienced collector and casual observer to find what they’re looking for. In addition to vast collections of furniture, ceramics, antiquities, jewelry, manuscripts, and more, expect to find an interesting array of tribal, oceanic, ethnographic, and Asian art, all chosen by more than 90 dealers, who themselves were selected by the TEFAF board and U.S. art experts.
TEFAF prides itself on its very selective vetting process for exhibitors and the work they sell. The organization claims that the oversight committee uses sophisticated technical equipment to “scrutinize every item to be presented, so buyers can feel entirely confident that any object offered to them at TEFAF has passed through the hands and under the eyes of leading international experts.” In other words, this is truly the best of the best of the best, offering something of interest and quality to every visitor.
The opening night of this year’s fair—October 27—will also double as a benefit event for the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering, a volunteer-led organization that raises money to fund patient care, cancer research, and public education campaigns on early cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. To date, the Society has raised more than $100 million to fund more than 240 research grants at MSK, as well as provide a myriad of patient care programs. “Our partnership with The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering will be sure to elevate the Opening Night experience for our international audience,” said Michael Plummer, managing director of TEFAF New York. “We could not think of a more reputable or inspiring organization to help introduce TEFAF New York Fall to New York and the U.S.”
Jamee Gregory, president of the Society, is a devout TEFAF attendee herself. So what’s on her watch list this year? “When my husband and I married, we began collecting Dutch porcelain from the 17th and 18th centuries, and have added to that collection each year, in great part thanks to pieces we acquired over the years from Aronson Antiquairs. This year, I’m hoping to find a Delft shoe for my mother, who has her own collection in Chicago.”
TEFAF New York Fall
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue (between East 66th and 67th Streets), Upper East Side
Saturday, October 28–Wednesday, November 1
$65, one-day entry; $75, multiple-day entry; $25, student one-day entry
Let us reserve your tickets for this year’s opening night and the rest of TEFAF New York Fall.