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TEFAF Maastricht 2022

A rich selection of French and Italian 20th century design, including masterpieces by Joseph-André Motte, Ercole Barovier and Eugene Printz.

MECC, Maastricht
25th-30th June 2022

By Astrid Malingreau / 25th June 2022
Jean Dunand at Galerie Marcilhac, TEFAF Maastricht, 2022 COURTESY: TEFAF / PHOTOGRAPH: Michael Adair

Jean Dunand at Galerie Marcilhac, TEFAF Maastricht, 2022
COURTESY: TEFAF / PHOTOGRAPH: Michael Adair

‘EXQUISITE’ IS THE word that comes to mind when one thinks about the Design selection offered at TEFAF Maastricht this year. For this edition, postponed owing to Covid, the European Fine Art Fair had a difficult time slot, right after Art Basel and Design Miami/Basel, and therefore most of the design galleries had to choose between the two – except for the Manufacture de Sèvres, which presented a selection of limited editions in both instances.

As a result, the dedicated design section is limited to a handful of galleries, but their selection – mostly composed of French and Italian masterpieces of 20th century design – is of museum quality.

Eugenio Quarti, ‘Settee’, circa 1900 (detail) COURTESY: Oscar Graf

Eugenio Quarti, ‘Settee’, circa 1900 (detail)
COURTESY: Oscar Graf

Demisch Danant
The stand presents a selection of rare works by French interior designers from 1950-1960s, including work by Maxime Old, Joseph-André Motte and Antoine Philippon and Jacqueline Lecoq.

Antoine Philippon, ‘Confort Desk Chair, Model 3001’, 1964 COURTESY: Demisch Danant

Antoine Philippon, ‘Confort Desk Chair, Model 3001’, 1964
COURTESY: Demisch Danant

Our eye was particularly drawn to Motte’s work, including the elegant and sleek lines of a ‘Directional Desk’ (1966) (of which only two examples are known), the superb proportions of a pair of tailor-made wall cabinets (c. 1965) and an avant-garde illuminated coffee table (1958).

Demisch Danant at TEFAF Maastricht, 2022 COURTESY: Demisch Danant / PHOTOGRAPH: Alain Potignon

Demisch Danant at TEFAF Maastricht, 2022, including Joseph-André Motte, ‘Dining Table’, circa 1965, and (far right) ‘Directional Desk’, 1966 
COURTESY: Demisch Danant / PHOTOGRAPH: Alain Potignon

Motte is a fascinating figure in the French design and architecture landscape. He designed and furnished more than a hundred Parisian metro stations, three airports and part of the Louvre Museum, which meant he rarely had the time to work on private commissions. Demisch Danant has been instrumental in his rediscovery and is currently producing a catalogue raisonné.

Joseph-André Motte, ‘Light Table’, 1958 COURTESY: Demisch Danant

Joseph-André Motte, ‘Light Table’, 1958
COURTESY: Demisch Danant

Marc Heiremans
Renowned Murano glass expert Marc Heirmans has focused his TEFAF selection on the work of Ercole Barovier (1889-1974), a designer recognised for his inventiveness with techniques and innovative play with form and colour.

Ercole Barovier, ‘Intarsio model 23034’, 1960 COURTESY: Marc Heiremans

Ercole Barovier, ‘Intarsio model 23034’, 1960
COURTESY: Marc Heiremans

Elegantly laid out, the booth features works covering an impressive period of time and number of techniques: from the impressive ‘Laguna Gemmata’ vases (1936) and ‘Pezzato’ (1956), to the striking ‘Intarsio’ (1960). The gallery’s particular focus precedes the imminent publication of a long-nurtured catalogue raisonné of the Barovier glass firm.

Ercole Barovier, ‘Laguna gemmata with spines’, 1936 COURTESY: Marc Heiremans

Ercole Barovier, ‘Laguna gemmata with spines’, 1936
COURTESY: Marc Heiremans

Alongside these gems are also exhibited other Venetian masterpieces such as the stunning ‘Leandro’ vase (1952) by Dino Martens from the Oriente series, composed like a painting.

Dino Martens, ‘Oriente ‘Leandro’ model 3155’, 1952 COURTESY: Marc Heiremans

Dino Martens, ‘Oriente ‘Leandro’ model 3155’, 1952
COURTESY: Marc Heiremans

Alain Marcelpoil
Alain Marcelpoil has dedicated his booth to the work of André Sornay, a Lyon-based Art Deco designer who the French gallerist rediscovered and has been championing for more than a decade.

André Sornay, ‘Chair’ (one of eight), circa 1937 COURTESY: Galeire Marcelpoil

André Sornay, ‘Chair’ (one of eight), circa 1937
COURTESY: Galerie Marcelpoil

This year Marcelpoil is uncovering two unique creations for the first time – what he describes as ‘meubles à systèmes’. These display Sornay’s incredible inventiveness and practical sense and his attunement to the social and economic changes of the time. The first is a sideboard/library that can be easily transformed into a partner’s desk and a side table which, through a brilliant but easy system can be transformed into a dining table.

Galerie Lefebvre
The highlight of this booth is a magnificent dining suite by Eugene Printz, created for the Princesse Marguerite de Wagram in 1929.

Galerie Lefebvre at TEFAF Maastricht, 2022, with Eugene Printz, ‘Dining Table and 12 Chairs’, 1929-1930 COURTESY: Galerie Lefebvre

Galerie Lefebvre at TEFAF Maastricht, 2022, with Eugene Printz, ‘Dining Table and 12 Chairs’, 1929-1930
COURTESY: Galerie Lefebvre

Entirely made out of palmwood, it comprises twelve chairs, a dining table displaying a unique and luxurious bronze band, as well as two ceiling lights.

Eugene Printz, ‘Dining Table’, 1929-1930 (detail) COURTESY: Galerie Lefebvre

Eugene Printz, ‘Dining Table’, 1929-1930 (detail)
COURTESY: Galerie Lefebvre

Eugene Printz, ‘Pair of light suspensions’, 1934 COURTESY: Galerie Lefebvre

Eugene Printz, ‘Pair of light suspensions’, 1934
COURTESY: Galerie Lefebvre

Galerie Félix Marcilhac
Exhibiting for the first time at TEFAF, Félix Marcilhac presents a selection focusing on early Art Deco, the specialty of the gallery, as well as later French masterpieces.

Galerie Marcilhac at TEFAF Maastricht, 2022 COURTESY: Galerie Marcilhac

Galerie Marcilhac at TEFAF Maastricht, 2022
COURTESY: Galerie Marcilhac

The collector’s eye is immediately drawn to the splendid and iconic celadon green sideboard by André Ardus and Vadim Androusov (1942), resting under a sky of Line Vautrin mirrors.

Galerie Marcilhac at TEFAF Maastricht, 2022, with André Arbus & Vadim Androusov, ‘Sideboard’, 1942, and Line Vautrin mirrors COURTESY: Galerie Marcilhac

Galerie Marcilhac at TEFAF Maastricht, 2022, with André Arbus & Vadim Androusov, ‘Sideboard’, 1942, and Line Vautrin mirrors
COURTESY: Galerie Marcilhac

The magnificent ‘Fleur’ wall lights by Louis Süe and André Mare (1922) are also remarkable. They were designed for the fashion designer Jean Patou and formerly in the collection of his most well-known apprentice Karl Lagerfeld. It is also a delight to have the opportunity to revisit the ‘MB 1055’ desk by Pierre Chareau from the Maison de Verre (c. 1927).

Galerie Marcilhac at TEFAF Maastricht, 2022, with Pierre Chareau, ‘MB 1055’ desk and ‘MF275’ chair for La Maison de Verre, circa 1927 COURTESY: Galerie Marcilhac

Galerie Marcilhac at TEFAF Maastricht, 2022, with Pierre Chareau, ‘MB 1055’ desk and ‘MF275’ chair for La Maison de Verre, circa 1927
COURTESY: Galerie Marcilhac

Oscar Graf
This booth should not be missed. Situated in the ‘Antique’ section, the gallery features a group of splendid objects focusing on the turn of the century with no less than eight works displayed at universal exhibitions.

Oscar Graf at TEFAF Maastricht, 2022 COURTESY: Oscar Graf

Oscar Graf at TEFAF Maastricht, 2022
COURTESY: Oscar Graf

A poetic tapestry entitled ‘C’est ainsi’ by Norwegian artist Gerhard Munthe (1898) hangs close to a refined settee by Eugenio Quarti from 1900.

Oscar Graf at TEFAF Maastricht, 2022, with Gerhard Munthe, ‘C’est Ainsi’ tapestry, 1898; Eugenio Quarti, ‘Settee’, circa 1900 COURTESY: Oscar Graf

Oscar Graf at TEFAF Maastricht, 2022, with Gerhard Munthe, ‘C’est Ainsi’ tapestry, 1898; Eugenio Quarti, ‘Settee’, circa 1900
COURTESY: Oscar Graf

However, the highlight of the stand is the mesmerising ‘Hellebore’ vase by Lucien-Amédée Gaillard, the only silver vase known to have survived and the only one precisely dated to the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900.

Lucien Gaillard, ‘Hellebore Vase’, 1900 COURTESY: Oscar Graf

Lucien Gaillard, ‘Hellebore Vase’, 1900
COURTESY: Oscar Graf

Overall, the design enthusiast will leave Maastricht replete with high-end French and Italian design. Although it is always a joy to admire, or collect, these masterpieces, visitors might leave craving a wider selection of more diverse design.

TEFAF Maastricht 2022

Demisch Danant

Galerie Lefebvre

Galerie Marcelpoil

Galerie Marcilhac

Marc Heiremans

Oscar Graf

Article by Astrid Malingreau
Article by Astrid Malingreau
Astrid Malingreau is an independent advisor focused on 20th century contemporary design. She previously worked for Christie's in London and New York as a specialist in decorative arts and design. View all articles by Astrid Malingreau