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Picture This! Scenes From Tefaf-New York

I spent most of Friday afternoon and evening at Tefaf-New York, and I found it to be as full of interesting paintings and objects as I expected. Here are pictures of some interesting booths–there were so many. When I remember where I was, I’ve added a few details.


Richard L. Feigen’s booth–with a wonderful Courbet bust in the center and a fantastic Velazquez on the right.


Shapero Rare Books.


Wonderful glass on that wall, Lillian Nassau Gallery.


Otto Naumann’s booth: the Mengs, top left, which was in the Met’s Unfinished exhibition, sold on Friday to Anderson Cooper.


Agnews’ booth–full of pre-Raphaelite paintings.


Sam Fogg –a wonderful booth on the second floor of the Armory.


At the back of Sam Fogg.



Back on the first floor, Philips gallery.

Please don’t draw any conclusions from the scarce sight of people in these photos. I waited for quiet moments, so you could see what was in the booths.

Tefaf continues through Wednesday.


  1. Chris Crosman says

    Wonder if any of the Pre-Raphaelite paintings in the Agnew’s booth came from deaccessioned works from Delaware Art Museum?

    • don’t know.

    • Jim Strade says

      Absolutely not. These are masterpieces from one of the greatest private European collections ever assembled. Each of these paintings has a deep rooted history with the Agnew’s Gallery, which represented these artists when they were alive. For example the Heart of the Rose by Burne-Jones, arguably one of his most important commissions (Romaunt of the Rose) was exhibited in 1892 at Agnew’s Gallery in London with the other two paintings from the series (now Dallas Museum, Tate), and when it became available again after the original set was broken up, it was sold to the Maharaja of Jamnagar, and handled again by Agnew’s in the 1980’s. This is the most unbelievable group to be assembled in decades. I almost passed out when I saw them at Tefaf. For example, there will never be another opportunity to buy the singular, iconic, masterpiece by Rossetti: Proserpine. A painting the artist worked on for 8 years and considered his greatest work. Of the seven versions the artist painted this is the most haunting, etherial, and accomplished, and 4 of the seven were lost or destroyed. The great oil is in the Tate, but I prefer this painting created 4 years later after Jane Morris, the wife of William Morris, Rossetti’s closest friend, rejected her would-be suitor leading him to an emotional collapse and suicide attempt. There was a chalk study by the artist of Proserpine on the market years ago that made $5,900,000 – this is so much more important. No museum would EVER de-accession these paintings, unless they were going out of business…or making that foolish decision so many do to go “into contemporary”… I hope these find a permanent home in the great museums of the world.

  2. I am surprised you didn’t mention the fabulous dealers and jewelry makers like Wallace Chan. Why was jewelry overlooked?

    • well, Tefaf NY had 94 dealers. I picked six booths. Why did I overlook all the others? The post would never end. Why do you ask?

      But if i had to pick a jewelry booth, it probably would have been Reza.

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