TEFAF New York 2022 / Roundup
TDE reports on impressive sales during the four-day fair in New York.
FOR THE FIRST time in more than two years, TEFAF New York hosted an in-person fair – bringing together an enthusiastic collecting community from around the world. The show ran at the Park Avenue Armory from 6th-10th May, 2022, with 91 leading dealers from 14 countries offering museum-quality works of art across the spectrum, from antiquities to contemporary design. According to reports, TEFAF New York garnered impressive sales, throughout its run.
Among the early sales was François-Xavier Lalanne’s beguiling ‘Hippo Bar’ (1976-1996), presented by kamel mennour in one of TEFAF New York’s Creative Spaces. These “Creative Spaces” allow dealers to present works outside their booth, as part of the scenography of the fair, catching the eye of visitors.
Among the many categories of fine and decorative arts, sales of applied arts and design were strong. New Yorkers Hostler Burrows saw a good mix of interest in both its contemporary and vintage pieces, while Galerie kreo sold out a limited edition of the ‘Flou’ mirror by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. All twenty of Charlotte Perriand’s ‘CP1’ sconces presented by Laffanour – Galerie Downton/Paris were purchased by one New York collector. Manhattan-based Demisch Danant reported a successful fair, selling a pair of chairs by Pierre Paulin and a chair and tables by Maria Pergay.
Adrian Sassoon, from London, sold a blown glass work by Joon Yong Kim with an asking price of $17,000. Patrick Seguin, meanwhile, from Paris, participating at TEFAF New York for the first time, was observed to be “very busy with old and new collectors,” while Carpenters Workshop Gallery reported “significant interest in Aldo Bakker’s new ‘Ring Table’ series”. It is well known that while sales do land at fairs, they more often arrive later; the important thing, particularly in this first fully in-person, post-pandemic season, is that the conversation has begun.
The Design Edit sent a photographer to meet some of the gallerists, their designers and the diverse work on show.