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I hope this will become a valued and rich source of inspiration and knowledge. Please Leave comments and enjoy your visit.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

THE TEFAF Maastricht 2014 | The world’s greatest art and antiques fair | The European Fine Art Fair, Maastricht

The TEFAF 2014
In this blog item we visit the TEFAF 2014 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 .

The European Fine Art Fair, Maastricht
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, The European Fine Art Fair

TEFAF Maastricht (14-23 March 2014)  is 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 275 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.

Website: TEFAF

Antique Röbbig, München

Maastricht is located on both sides of the Meuse river (Dutch: Maas), at the point where the Jeker River (French: Geer) joins it.
In history Maastricht developed from a Belgic settlement, that in the Gallic Wars was conquered by the Romans and thus became a Roman settlement, to a religious centre, a garrison city and an early industrial city.Nowadays, it is known as a city of especially culture (including local folklore) and education.
Maastricht's rich history shows from the fact that in this town no less than 1677 national heritage sites (Rijksmonumenten) are located, which is the second highest amount in a Dutch town, after Amsterdam. Furthermore, it has become known, by way of the Maastricht Treaty, as the birthplace of the European Union, European citizenship, and the single European currency, the euro.
The town is popular with tourists for shopping and recreation, and has a large growing international student population. Maastricht is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network and is part of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion, which includes nearby cities Aachen, Eupen, Hasselt, Liège, Maaseik and Tongeren.

Here following are some beautiful ornaments, carved mirrors, frames and works of art I've photographed at TEFAF 2014.
Maybe also for you a source of inspiration.


The European Fine Art Fair, Maastricht

La Mésangère,Liege Belgium

Kunsthandel Mühlbauer, Germany

Antique Mallett, london

Roelofs Antiek


Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Day of Crafts | A visit to the workshop of Wood carver Patrick Damiaens | De Dag van de Ambachten 2014 | A Wood Carving Demonstration

  On 23 March 2014, the 8th edition of  ‘The Day of Crafts’
 (Dag van de Ambachten)

'The day of Crafts', Belgium. A Wood Carving Demonstration by Patrick Damiaens

The Day of Crafts (Dag van de ambachten), 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 7th participation in this event,  
I wish you a wonderful "Day of Crafts 2014 '!

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

Sunday, 2 March 2014

The Musée NISSIM DE CAMONDO in Paris | 18th Century Art and Antiques | French decorative arts | Period Style Interiors

The Nissim de Camondo Museum
 The Musée Nissim de Camondo

Visiting Museums and Castles is Probably the main source of inspiration for the Ornamental Woodcarver.
These are places where the craftsman gets his ideas, he is looking for new challenges and always new unexpected surprises, and even after 25 years still feels something new to learn.

Exploring and studying ,looking at problems and how your colleagues 300 years ago solved them, their knowledge of  tasteful proportions used in the interior decoration and their knowledge of carving techniques.

In this blogitem we visit Nissim de Camondo in Paris

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Patrick Damiaens

The Musée Nissim de Camondo is an elegant house museum of French decorative arts located in the Hôtel Camondo, 63, rue de Monceau, at the edge of the Parc Monceau, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France.

Nissim de Camondo, Great Study

One of the most sumptuous private homes from the early twentieth century in Paris
Moïse de Camondo, a reputed Parisian banker during the Belle Epoque, was a passionate collector of French furniture and art objects from the eighteenth century, ans he amassed a collection of unusual quality. In 1911, he hired architect René Sergent to build a private mansion next to Parc Monceau that would be worthy of this collection and suitable for his family. The design was modeled after that of the Petit Trianon in Versailles, but behind the handsome décor of wood-paneled apartments were hidden the accoutrements of modern life, including kitchens, offices and bathrooms. 
The home, which is fully preserved in its original condition, offers an opportunity to discover the taste of a great collector and to get a glimpse of the everyday life of an aristocratic home.

The Entrance

An exceptional collection of art objects
Antique woodwork serves as a backdrop to furniture by cabinetmarket and joiners working for the Garde Meuble Royal (Royal Furniture Repository) surch as Oeben, Riesener and Jacob. Gilt bronze Clocks and wall clocks, barometers and chandeliers, mounted vases adorn cabinets and boiseries. Two particularly spectacular masterpieces of tableware: the Orloff silver dinner service commissionned by Catherine II of Russia from the silversmith Roettiers in 1770, and the so-called “Buffon” porcelain services, made at Sèvres in the 1780s and fituring a bird decor. Sculptures and paintings also reflect the collector’s sensibilities, with busts by Houdon, portraits by Elmisabeth Vigée Lebrun, landscapes by Guardi and hunting scenes by Oudry.

Nissim de Camondo, The Great Drawing room

Salon des Huet

A family’s tragic destiny
Comte Moïse de Camondo was born in Istanbul in 1860 into a Sepharadic Jewish family that owned one of the largest banks in the Ottoman Empire, established in France since 1869. Moïse de camondo meant to give his mansion and collection to his son Nissim. But World War I broke out, and Nissim was killed in an air battle iun 1917. After this tragic loss, he decided to bedqueath his property to the “Arts Décoratifs”, in memory of his son. The museum opened the year after Moïse de Camondo died, in 1935. During World War II, his daughter, Béatrice, his son-of-law Léon Reinach and their children, Fanny and Bertrand, died in the nazi camps. The Camondo family died out.

Nissim de Camondo,The Library

Here a few pictures  of the beautiful period style interiors

A museum worth visiting
Musée Nissim de Camondo
63, rue de Monceau
75008 Paris

- Wednesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 5:30 p.m.
- Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Entrance (audioguide included) Full Price 9 €