MAASTRICHT, the Netherlands — The European Fine Art Fair, known as TEFAF, was the international art market’s first major casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s also been one of the last to return to relative normalcy.
On Friday, V.I.P.s attended the preview of the first in-person TEFAF Maastricht since March 2020, when the fair had to close early because an exhibitor tested positive for the virus.
The long-established event, regarded as the world’s pre-eminent fair for art, objects and furniture ranging back through the centuries, was canceled in 2021 and postponed this year by three months to an unfamiliar summer slot.
“It’s good to be back,” said Sam Fogg, a London-based dealer in medieval art, one of several exhibitors who contracted the virus at the 2020 edition. Fogg spent more than six weeks in the hospital after that ill-fated event. “I think I caught it off an