TEFAF, one of the World’s most prestigious art and antiques fairs, opened last Friday for the
first time in the United States at the Park Avenue Armory. It was evident from the start—the
fair kicked off with a VIP preview followed by a benefit for Memorial Sloan Kettering—that
TEFAF New York would not be just another of the fairs hosted year round by the premiere
venue. The remarkable crowds aside (over 15,000 attended during the course of the week),
the Armory was transformed by Dutch designer Tom Postma who employed the building’s
upper stories for the first time in recent fair history, draped its walls with plush cream drapes
and adorned the space with thousands upon thousands of flowers.
Maison Gerard had a particularly strong showing—not only was the booth we shared with
wallpaper icon Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz named by Artnet News as one of the ten best at
the fair, our featured work, a German table made around 1860 for George V of the
Hanoverian dynasty, was recognized by 1stdibs as one of the fair’s “nine must see pieces.”
Other featured pieces were a one of a kind Liberty style screen made by Cutler & Girard,
(and gold medalist of the Turin Exposition of 1902), and a rare mirror ornamented in gilt
bronze and designed by Édouard Lièvre, master of the Second Empire period.