FRANK VAN LAER – HOMAGE TO ITALY (Stand D14)
Antwerp antiques dealer Van Laer will showcase 17th- and 18th-century Italian furniture, which he singles out for its exceptional design qualities. “French and Northern European furniture are well established,” he says. “Italian furniture is more interesting because it’s rarer. Collectors are on the lookout.” Amongst his exhibits: a singular 18th century chest by the artisans of Parma’s famed cabinet-making and marquetry school, and a Renaissance-era chest (or “cassone”) with a walnut veneer.
VÉRONIQUE MALAISE – THE RETURN OF ART NOUVEAU JEWELS (Stand B18)
The Liège antique jewellery dealer is dedicating a whole display to Art Nouveau jewellery – now in the ascendant after the recent Art Deco craze. In particular, she’s focussing on French necklaces showcasing the plique-a-jour enamelling technique, giving an effect akin to stained-glass windows. “Apart from several brooches with an extraordinary play of light, I’ll also show an exceptional pendant representing the profile of a young girl surrounded by tulips and daisies,” she says. “It’s a Belgian piece in 18-carat gold, with plique-a-jour enamel and rose-cut diamonds.”
LA GALERIE BELGE – STARS OF TOMORROW (Stand F16)
This by-appointment-only gallery, exclusively dealing in Belgian art, recently celebrated its 10th birthday. While major names on its roster – Constant Permeke, James Ensor – will be present at Fine Art Fair Eurantica, the gallery will also honour two contemporary artists on the rise: self-taught Surrealist sculptress Nel-14512, and urban artist Denis Meyers, who dominated the headlines in 2016 by covering 25,000m² of Brussels’ Solvay Building – condemned to demolition – in drawings and texts. This monumental work, ‘Remember/Souvenir’, will be highlighted at the fair.
SISI TATU – ETHNIC ART (Stand B08)
While running a Brussels antiques shop in the 1980s, Sophie Van Assche met African art collectors who inspired her passion for ethnic and tribal objects: “My husband and daughter shared this passion so we decided to open a shop in Ghent in 1990, specialising in ethnic objects.” Sisi Tatu – Swahili for “we three” – will show striking funerary poles, or “aloalo” from southwest Madagascar, alongside African bronzes, terracotta from Niger and Chad, and ethnic jewels from Southeast Asia and Tibet.
NF ART GALLERY – CLASSICS AND CONTEMPORARIES (Stand A02)
Knokke’s NF Art gallery specialises in paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by Belgian masters from the symbolist to post-war periods. Alongside exhibits by op art pioneer Victor Vasarely, their stand this year will offer a section focussing on major figurative artists like Paul Delvaux, Léon Spilliaert, and Rick Wouters – the subject of a recent show at Antwerp’s MoMu. In addition, for the first time NF will display a contemporary name: Bart Ramakers, creator of baroque, myth-inspired photographs.
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