TEFAF Reveals New York Highlights

The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has revealed some highlights of TEFAF New York, running from May 12th–16th, 2023, with an invitation-only VIP day on May 11th, 2023. Representing modern and contemporary art, jewellery, antiques, and design, this group of objects reflects the exceptional quality and diversity of works presented by international dealers at the Park Avenue Armory.

TEFAF NY features 91 exhibitors, all experts in their respective fields, and welcomes 13 new dealers this year. The fair continues to offer art enthusiasts, collectors, design professionals, and museum curators the opportunity to view a dynamic range of museum quality works, all under one roof.


Alongside the dealers’ booths, TEFAF Programming will foster conversations between some of the world’s most illustrious minds, covering industry insights and inspiring new and experienced art collectors and lovers. TEFAF will also present a concurrent edition of TEFAF Online and new editorial Stories and other content from the TEFAF community.

Josef Frank – Rare ‘Monkey’ Cabinet, 1941 – Mahogany, printed paper, and oak frames, 55 x 47.8 x 17.3 inches


The spectacular ‘Monkey’ cabinet is the only known example executed with these specific prints and surrounding partitions. The cabinet is made out of mahogany, and covered with motifs of 40 different hand-colored French engravings from Comte de Buffon’s classic work Histoire Naturelle from 1794. The cabinet was most likely a special commissioned piece, designed by Josef Frank and executed by Svenskt Tenn.

Pierre Paulin, “Bonheur-du-jeur” and “Curule” Chair, 1983, Mahogany and leather, 26.5 x 19.5 x 47 inches


This remarkable lady’s writing desk was part of a suite designed by Pierre Paulin and made by the artisans of the Mobilier National, which celebrated the traditions of the French court and the eighteenth-century marchands-merciers who supplied their furniture. The collection revived notions of classicism and savoirfaire in materials and design alike. The prototypes for the desk and accompanying chair were first exhibited in the 1983 Mobilier National exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs.

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Jean Dubuffet, Cité Fantoche, 1963, Oil on canvas, 64.75 x 86.4 inches


This painting by French artist Jean Dubuffet is part of Landau Fine Art’s presentation of 20th-century masterpieces. Including both paintings and sculptures, many of the highlights have not been shown publicly for decades.

Head of a Deity, 1916, Bayon style, late 12th–early 13th century Cambodia, Sandstone, 9.05 x 7.09 x 7.09 inches


This is an exceptional example of a rare Bayon sculpture. The work of a highly skilled artist is reflected in the choice of very fine quality sandstone. The head shows the facial features of King Jayavarman VII, arguably the most important of the Khmer monarchs and one of the very few rulers in history who is primarily remembered for being genuinely preoccupied with the physical and spiritual wellbeing of his people. The work was also published by Sherman E. Lee in the late 1960s in
the catalogue of a major exhibition on ancient Cambodian sculpture in Cleveland. ©JAN LIÉGEOIS. COURTESY OF AXEL VERVOORDT Museum of Art.

Arnaldo Pomodoro, unique gold sculptural bracelet, 1965, Milan, 18ct white, yellow, and rose gold, 22.3 x 1.9 x 1.3 inches


A substantial and unique 18ct rose gold bracelet with white gold highlights. The links formed from individual cuttlefish bone castings featuring Pomodoro’s typical abstract distorted mechanical designs in relief that are found in his later geometric sculptures. This bracelet represents the best work of Pomodoro as a jeweler in 1965, at a time when, encouraged by Lucio Fontana among others, he moved away from jewellery to concentrated solely on sculpture and to become the recognized maestro that he is today, having already worked out all his sculptural language in his jewellery.


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