BRUSSELS, Belgium – The 53rd Antiques and Fine Arts Fair of Belgium will be held Jan. 18-27 with more than 125 exhibitors from nine countries. An independent board of experts, made up largely of museum curators who are not participants in the fair, is responsible for monitoring the quality of merchandise offered.
Foreign exhibitors make up just over half of the participants, representing France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Monaco, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and Luxembourg. Dealers new to the event this year include, from France, Beres (19th- and 20th-century paintings and drawings), Chevalier (ancient and modern tapestries), Eric Coatalem (paintings, drawings, and sculptures by French masters of the 17th to 20th centuries), Zlotowski (20th-century paintings), Fabienne Fiacre (old Masters paintings) and Cybele (books and Egyptology).
Belgian dealer Galerie Oscar de Vos will offer Potato Harvest by Gustaaf De Smet (1877-1943).
Giulia Canepa Antiquites from Monaco (old paintings), Britain’s Finch & Co. (ethnography and curiosities), Italy’s Antichitta di Maurizio Nobile (furniture, paintings and objets d’art from the 18th and 19th centuries), Germany’s Kunsthandel Michael Nolte (Louis XV, Louis XVI, Empire) and Spain’s Jorge Portuondo Wakkonig (furniture, objets d’art, clocks and watches, and sculptures) round out the new entrants.
The fair’s featured exhibit is a pair of 15th-century tapestries, considered to be among finest examples still in existence. Originally from the private collection of the Princes Doria Pamphilj at the Palazzo del Principe in Genoa, Italy, they were probably woven around 1460. Newly restored, these tapestries are being seen outside Italy for the first time since their purchase.
For more information, visit www.antiques-fair.be.