TEFAF New York Fall 2016 has just closed its doors, and what a success it was. Phoenix Ancient Art was honored to be part of the first TEFAF New York fair which also included 93 other antique dealers and artisans from 14 countries. The fine arts and antiques were all showcased in the Park Avenue Armory which was completely transformed by Dutch designer Tom Postma for the fair.
While discussing the event with the Art Daily news site, Phoenix Ancient Art’s co-owner Hicham Aboutaam explained that “The VIP preview day was spectacularly crowded. There were many new faces along with well-known international collectors and an impressive number of people from the museum world, all with their eye on their next acquisition. We are extremely happy with TEFAF and their celebration of the Armory. This is THE new major event for New York and I believe it will be an important nucleus for the global art collecting community.”
Success was certainly part of the take-away from the fair. As a centerpiece of the Phoenix Ancient Art exhibit, they showcased the Northumberland Aphrodite Anadyonmene Statue. Prior to having it in the collection, the stunning Graeco-Roman piece from the 1st century B.C. – 1st century A.D. belonged to the collection of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland at Syon House (Brentford, Middlesex). During the VIP Preview, Phoenix Ancient Art sold the Northumberland Aphrodite Anadyonmene Statue for a seven-figure sale. This was certainly a dramatic and exciting way to start the fair.
Similarly, at the Memorial Sloan Kettering benefit and opening day, all three of the Greek Corinthian helmets from Phoenix Ancient Art sold to three different collectors. These dramatic helmets which came from ancient Greece were made of bronze and covered the head and neck of warriors with slits for the eyes and mouth. Clearly, the battle pieces captured the attention of three collectors from New York, California and Mexico respectively and all three were quickly purchased for sums from $200,000 to $350,000 each.
As Michael Plummer, Managing Director of TEFAF New York, commented, “We are thrilled with the museum-quality level that our dealers have brought to TEFAF New York. The global art community has responded passionately to the fair, including the collectors, the museums, the interior designers and the art loving public.”
Certainly, as Hicham told the Antiques Trade Gazette, “TEFAF is the new major event for New York and I believe will be an important nucleus for the global art collecting community.”