Neither rain, nor snow? Well, actually last week's nor'easter did delay some East-coasters from arriving for the VVIP invitation-only Mar. 8 opening of The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, the Netherlands. New York Dealer David Tunick had expected to sell a Munch lithograph of "The Scream" that day but his buyer's flight was cancelled.
By Friday, Mar. 9, the food and wine were gone but more New Yorkers had arrived for the second non-public day of this largest, most prestigious annual art-buying jamboree. No particular painting was stirring up a buzz this year—though the quality was high in every one of the 275 dealer booths, whose offerings span 7,000 years. A 17th Century German baroque clock, 26 inches tall and with representations of the Four Seasons, Minerva, Death and planets that rotate every twelve hours, at Parisian dealer J. Kugel, had this year's honors. But Americans could only look at, not buy, the $9.2 million piece—it's carved from ivory, which cannot be imported into the U.S.