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Friday, 22 March 2013

THE TEFAF 2013 | TEFAF MAASTRICHT | The European Fine Art Fair

Patrick Damiaens
Ornamental Woodcarver

The European Fine Art Fair, 
The TEFAF 2013

In this blog item we visit the TEFAF 2013 in Maastricht (Netherlands), over the years TEFAF has come to be recognized as the world's leading art and antiques fair. 

I should feeling really lucky that I only live 20 minutes from Maastricht and The TEFAF .

It is for the ornamental Woodcarver of great importance to have a lot of documentation, drawings and pictures , this source of inspiration can be consulted later by a possible restoration or reconstruction of ornaments.

In the creation and drawing of new ornaments and compositions  a comprehensive library of books and pictures is really necessary, this information gives the ornamental Woodcarver a greater freedom in drawing and design
A lot of  information (pictures) also contributes to the ornamental carver  a better understanding  of  the forms and characters that can be consult. And this together with a large amount of plaster casts and wooden examples you're already well on your way.

TEFAF 2013

TEFAF Maastricht

TEFAF Maastricht (15-24 March 2013) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012 and is now universally regarded as the world’s leading art fair, setting the standard for excellence in the art market. The Fair truly is an event not to be missed by collectors and museum representatives.
Presenting 260 of the world’s leading galleries from 20 countries, TEFAF Maastricht is a continuously evolving showcase for the best works of art currently on the market. 

In addition to the traditional areas of Old Master Paintings and antique Works of Art, you can see and buy at TEFAF Maastricht a wide variety of Classical Modern and Contemporary Art, as well as Jewellery, 20th Century Design, and Works on Paper. 

TEFAF Maastricht is unequalled in its level of quality and in the methods it employs to establish and guarantee the authenticity of every painting and object on offer. Participating dealers are admitted only after a strict selection process. 

TEFAF Maastricht’s ground breaking vetting system involves no fewer than 175 international experts in 29 different categories, who examine every work of art in the Fair for quality, authenticity and condition, ensuring that you can buy with the greatest possible confidence.


Here following are some beautiful ornaments, carved mirrors, frames and works of art I've photographed at TEFAF 2013.
Maybe also for you a source of inspiration.

Tefaf 2013, Mallett London

The ivory relief shown below was my personal favorite this year at TEFAF.
I became



Sunday, 17 March 2013

The Day of Crafts | Craftsmanship in Belgium | Demonstration of Crafts

On 24 March 2013, the 7th edition of  ‘The Day of Crafts’ (Dag van de Ambachten)

The Day of Crafts, is a unique and completely free event organized throughout Belgium, it gives artisans the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge.


In addition, the general public can meet these passionate Craftsman and Woman who  are master in their craft and promoting Belgian Craftsmanship. Being a true reference in the sector, I am pleased that this event continues to exist.
The craft sector is bursting with talent, of persons for whom passion is contagious.
I invite you to enjoy this exceptional day.

This is my 6th participation in this event,
I wish you a wonderful "Day of Crafts 2013 '!

Our studio is open from 10:00 - 17:00.
You are more than welcome.


  Website: The Day of Crafts

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Davidsfonds Foundation | Foundation for Culture and Heritage | Belgian Culture Foundation | The 11de Night of history

Davidsfonds Night of History 2013

Davidsfonds Foundation (Belgium)

' The 11de Night of history '
'De Nacht van de Geschiedenis'

Theme of 2013,
 'Craftsmen and Women' 

On 19 March 2013 from 18:00 to 22:00 in the historic town of Maaseik. (Belgium)

At Maaseik, we always focus on the rich heritage of the city, where every year we evoke elements of the historic environment. 
Experienced guides will tell historic stories during guided walks and visits, studded historians give lectures and enthusiastic actors regale you on a theatrical sketch.

This year we give a stage at a number of renowned artistic crafts.

Pearls of Craftsmanship 
Our guests are seven members of the association "Pearls of Craftsmanship" quality Label.
The carefully selected craftsmen in Maaseik promote the quality craftsmanship and their individually unique companies.

The participants will be introduced to highly skilled craftsmen who besides a special artisan knowledge of historical traditional applications have the ability to perform these skills and translate them to contemporary originality. The visitors meet a group of professionals who share their passion for sustainability and tradition have made​​.

The seven Participants of Pearls of Craftsmanship.

-A CE SOIR: Suits and hats (in the Hotel Van Eyck)
-Angel-Barrero: Marble decoration techniques (in the Pharmacy Museum)
-Atelier-TRATTEGGIO: Art Restoration (in the KBC Bank)
-Eddie Van Hoef: Painting Techniques (in the John Selbach Museum)
-EMYSFEER: Upholstery (in the John Selbach Museum)
-Pascal Mestrom: Chandeliers Restoration (in the Stock Exchange)
-Patrick Damiaens: Ornamental Woodcarver (at Hotel Van Eyck)

-Peter Croonenberghs: How to brew beer? Which includes the Jan Van Eyck Tripel Beer (in the Hall Van Eyck)

Sign in and departure: Maaseik hall between 18:00 and 18:30.
Price: € 12 (€ 10 for members of the organizing associations)
Information and registration befor March 17, 2013 by: maaseik@davidsfonds.net
or telephone +32 89 56 68 86.
The registrations are final after payment is received:
453-4019391-92, IBAN: BE12453401939192, BIC: KREDBEBB of Davidsfonds‑Maaseik.

MONUMENTEN Magazine | Magazine for Restoration | Dutch Magazine | Restoration of a Wooden Chandelier

Magazine Monumenten - Monuments
Patrick Damiaens
Ornamental Woodcarver 

Magazine 'Monuments'

Dutch magazine for heritage and restoration
Magazine for heritage and restoration 

A few months ago, we had the privilege of performing an extremely interesting restoration.
In the March 2013 edition, the prominent Dutch magazine Monuments will publish an extensive article about this unique restoration. 

Castle of Lembeck


A gilded chandelier that has been hanging in the Schlaun’sche Hall, inside Castle Lembeck in Dorsten (Westfalen, Germany) for many generations. The chandelier was carved from limewood and composed of many individual ornaments. It’s in rococo or late baroque style. 

The chandelier has sustained severe damage during and after the Second World War. To prevent even more damage by the ravages of time, leaving no or very little undamaged ornaments to restore the chandelier in an appropriate manner, it was decided to restore the chandelier straight away. The restoration took place in 2012 and was performed over the course of several months.
The decision to restore the chandelier fortunately was a timely one, seeing as it was already quite a challenge to find out what the missing ornaments looked like or might have looked like.

Website : Monumenten (Monuments)

In the March 2013 edition of Monuments, an extensive article about this restoration will be published.