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Friday, 1 April 2016

TEFAF 2016 | The European Fine Art Fair Maastricht | Art & Antiques Fair | MECC

TEFAF 2016 | Art & Antiques Fair Maastricht

Every spring for 25 years now, it’s been an annual tradition to visit TEFAF in Maastricht (Netherlands). I remember my very first time like it was yesterday. It was back in 1990, and it was a true feast for the eyes that managed to leave a lasting impression on me.
In this blog item, we pay a little visit to TEFAF 2016 in Maastricht (MECC). It’s safe to say that this annual event is something that people the world over are eager to visit.
This edition, I was in the company of several students Woodcarving. And what a pleasant and educational day it was!

Visit the TEFAF in Maastricht | Patrick Damiaens


TEFAF 2016

TEFAF Maastricht is without a doubt the most prestigious art fair in Europe. This art and antiques fair is visited by art lovers from all over the world. During the fair, which is traditionally held at the MECC (Exhibition and Congress Centre) in Maastricht, a wide variety of art forms are presented and sold.
From 11 to 20 March 2016, the MECC in Maastricht is transformed into the world’s leading art fair, TEFAF. Because TEFAF is such a trend-setting event, it can count itself among the most renowned art fairs in the world. That is why the fair manages to attract tens of thousands of visitors from home and abroad each year.

The European Fine Art Fair Maastricht | TEFAF 2016

All relevant information on TEFAF Maastricht 2016 can be found in the short summary below. You will find information regarding the location, opening hours, entrance fees, accessibility, etc.
Since 1975, every year, Maastricht becomes home to the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF). As the name already suggests, this fair is all about art. During the fair, a clear distinction is made between the different art forms. Every art form is put on display in its own section, with 9 sections in total. All forms of art are featured at the fair, ranging from statues to paintings and so much more.
TEFAF is especially renowned for its amazing display of antique works of art and has managed to carve out a name for itself in the art world. TEFAF is spread out over a surface of 31.000 square meters, which harbours approximately 35.000 art pieces that are “up for grabs”.

Every year, the fair can count on nearly 100.000 enthusiastic visitors, of which nearly half come from abroad: a clear indication of its worldwide fame! The fair has a very exclusive character, which doesn’t allow just any art gallery or art merchant to put things on display. Only the most prominent galleries and merchants make an appearance at this event.
MECC

TEFAF 2016

The fair is held at the MECC, which is short for Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre.
The entrance fee for TEFAF amounts to € 40 per person. If you would like a catalogue of the entire art exhibition, the price goes up to € 60 per person. For visitors who plan to visit TEFAF for several days, the season ticket might be a good option. For a total of € 100, this gives you unlimited access to the event for its entire duration.


The following is a short photo report on TEFAF 2016, with some of the lovely objects and art pieces, which I’ve managed to capture on film for you.
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Alberto Di Castro Roma | Tefaf 2016


Röbbig München | Tefaf 2016



Antiques La Mésangère, Liege (B)



Antiques La Mésangère, Liege (B)






Galerie J.Kugel




Theo Daatselaar Fine Arts & Antiques | Tefaf 2016


Richard Redding Antiques Ltd


Kunsthandel Peter Mühlbauer



Antiques, Mallett, London

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Monday, 28 March 2016

Wooden carving of family Coat of arms & crests | CARVED FAMILY CRESTS | Heraldic carving | Custom carved wood plaque


Custom-made wooden Family Coat of arms, Heraldry and Crests . 

Coat of Arms carved in wood for Royalty and Nobility, particular family, emblems for clubs, city, company or organisations...
They are unique carved  and if required painted individual .

You can customize the size, the relief, type of wood, look and decide in the realization of your family Coat of Arms.
Working from the designs and sketches provided by the client. If necessary, we design a coat of arms for you.

Each carved Coat of Arms or Crest that Patrick Damiaens produces is signed, dated,  and the final result has the highest quality standards. Each coat of arms is carved from the finest, oak, Limewood, or beech.

CARVED FAMILY CRESTS


Family coat of arms carved in wood

One of my specialties is the carving of Heraldic family coat of arms and Crests in wood. To carve a family coat of arms in wood is a bit of a personal challenge for me. Heraldry is a most interesting subject and I always look forward to taking on new assignments involving heraldic Coat of Arms.

You learn about interesting people that captivate the imagination, all of whom have their own fascinating life story or family history. And for me personally it’s always nice to hear that my craftsmanship and quality are greatly appreciated.

Every heraldic coat of arms is different. Most of the time, it starts with an example that serves as a source of inspiration in the form of a drawing, an old sketch or some photographic material delivered to me by the client.
In some cases it occurs that the design for the family coat of arms is not entirely suited as the blueprint for the carving of it in wood.

This might be due to the fact that the design is in a format which is a lot smaller than what the client had in mind (e.g. a large heraldic panel), in which case the family coat of arms has to be redesigned. If one were to simply enlarge the small design, the proportions or the composition of the design would be distorted.

Usually things have to be added to the composition in order to make better use of the available space. It might also be that there is no logic to how the mantling was arranged, and it’s entirely possible that the design was never meant to be carried out in wood. After all, wood has its limitations.

It is equally important that the relief fits the dimensions of the coat of arms.
We always try to resolve these small and sometimes larger issues together with the client.


Heraldic woodcarving | Patrick Damiaens

Personalized wood carving of crests  & arms

The Odink family coat of arms carved in wood

Wooden carving of  family Coat of arms & crests
Patrick Damiaens | Heraldic Woodcarver


Wooden carving of  family Coat of arms & crests | CARVED FAMILY CRESTS

Heraldic carving | Custom carved wood plaque
Wooden carving of  family Coat of arms & crests | CARVED FAMILY CRESTS
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Saturday, 12 March 2016

Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross | ROCOCO Church Interior | Church in the historical Town of MAASEIK | A Croisiers Church in Belgium

The CROISIERS CHURCH
Order of the Holy Cross, Crutched Friars

Canons Regular of the Order 
of the Holy Cross
in the historical city centre of MAASEIK
A church interior in Rococo














We’ve already dedicated many blog items to incredibly beautiful and interesting museum collections, castles and religious buildings, which could mostly be found abroad. However, in this blog item, we’re staying a bit closer to home, namely in my own hometown, the city of Maaseik. 
In the historical city centre, we pay a little visit to the Church of The Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, commonly called Crosiers, also known as Saint-Jacob’s Church, situated in the Bosstraat. It is endowed with one of the most beautiful church interiors in Rococo in the entire province of  Belgian Limburg. 

A church in the historical Town of MAASEIK

Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross

The Order of the Holy Cross was founded in the first half of the thirteenth century. These “Brethren of the Cross”, as the first Crutched Friars called themselves, wandered around preaching the word of God, and wherever they lingered, a small religious community arose. Most of these communities didn’t last long though.
Yet, in the principality of Liège, where a devout following of the Holy Cross had existed for quite some time already, certain communities managed to survive. They settled near the edge of a town and/or kept in close touch with the noblemen who owned the land along the trade routes. 
These noblemen built a chapel for themselves and a hospital for weary travellers and pilgrims and were always looking for priests to celebrate mass and look after the hospital.
In 1248, a number of communities of the Brethren of the Cross decided to join into one order of regular canons. 
That same year, the pope approved of the creation of the order, thus establishing the Order of the Holy Cross. 
By the end of the thirteenth century, the order consisted of quite a few monasteries in the principality of Liège and the rest of “Belgium”, but also abroad, including in France, Germany, The Netherlands and England. After receiving a number of privileges the legal position of the Order was strengthened, and slowly but surely, the monastery of Huy worked its way up to become the official “headquarters”.

A Croisiers Church in Belgium | Maaseik

In 1767, prior Johannes Henricus Vossen ( †1770) commissioned the construction of the Saint-Jacob’s Church. The new church replaced the old Saint-Jacob’s chapel, a late gothic building that was torn down. This old building was described in ‘Les Délices du Pays de Liège’: “The church is beautiful and appealing, even though it was erected in the style of the former period, and ends in a round vault which is supported. The nave is lower and, as with the side aisle, completely plastered. The interior as a whole is quite lovely and is adorned with four painted and gilded altars in Corinthian style”. The new Saint-Jacob’s Church, which was built by Josef Couven from Aachen, is a church with a single nave in the style of Louis XV or Rococo.

Construction of the present church

On the eve of the French Revolution, Maaseik counted no less than 6 religious orders. Their monasteries were located inside the city walls, but outside the city centre, at the edge of town near the city gates. This allowed each of the monasteries to map out their own territory, as it were. The monastery churches did not have a church tower, but had a roof-turret instead. A small steeple with a bell in it was more than enough for the monastery and the locals. The Saint-Jacob’s Church of the Crutched Friars still has such a roof-turret. From the outside, this church comes across as quite uninspired and dull. It’s hidden among the rows of houses near the building line and has become a part of the street façade.
The church has an arched portal in a rectangular block-shaped frame, consisting of limestone and adorned with a keystone and a stalactite-shaped stone. The keystone bears the chronogram “in CrUCe MunDI saLUs” (the cross holds the sake of the world).

The entrance 

“in CrUCe MunDI saLUs”

In 1797, the monastery of the Crutched Friars was abolished by the French and the monastery buildings were torn down. The church, however, joined the parish of Maaseik. In 1856 it was sold to the Crutched Friars, who had returned at that time. 

Rococo interior

The beautiful Rococo interior, with adorable stucco and plastering, contrasts sharply with the exterior. The interior of the Church of the Crutched Friars is exactly the reason why this is one of the most beautiful churches in the province of Limburg. The vaulting consists of vaulting cells in between the ribs, which are supported by columns with Doric and Ionic capitals.
The chancel area is covered by fan vaulting. In the stucco in between the arches we see the devotions of the Crutched Friars of Maaseik.

Doors, Rococo style


Rocaille patterns, characteristic of the Rococo style, were applied in abundance on the vaulting, façades, the arcades and the furniture. Pay particular attention to the large variety of patterns, which were all applied on site in the wet stucco.





Chancel

The sober wooden baroque altar originates from the old church. The altar of St-Peter’s cathedral in Rome, with its four columns and canopy, served as a model for this sort of altars stemming from the 17th and 18th century. Due to a lack of space, the front columns were moved to the back and ended up next to the rear columns (Corinthian columns). A broken arch consisting of three segments replaces the large canopy.

The altar piece is a magnificent painting attributed to the Antoon van Dijck School. It is a depiction of the crucified Christ with Mary Magdalene and a Crutched Friar (Theodorus van Celles, the founder of the Crutched Friars or Augustinus Nerius, the master at that time) in an ecstatic pose with staff, mitre and sword. The cross of the order and the proverb “In Cruce Salus” (the cross holds the sake) complete the tableau.

On either side of the altar, two cabinets are mounted on the wall, holding relics of the Holy Odilia. The stained-glass window to the left of the altar we see the apparition of the Holy Odilia to the Crutched Friar Joannes van Eppa, who was commanded by her to bring her relics from Cologne to Huy.


On either side of the chancel and in the back of the church, we find oak doors with charming examples of woodcarving, not of the highest standard, but definitely worth mentioning, notably the flower and leaf motifs on the structural parts of the doors and the shell motifs on the panels.

Organ railing, Rococo style church interior

Rood loft

The present organ dates back to the end of the 19th century, but a positive was built into the organ railing, which probably originates from the earlier Saint-Jacob’s Church. The railing is richly adorned. It has depictions of flutes, clarinets, oboes, violins, kettledrums, etc. in stucco. 
The entire structure, hanging from fluttering ribbons and wreathed with flowers and leafs, shows great craftsmanship. On either side the organ is adorned with statues of the Holy Augustine and the Holy Helena, who’s presumed to have held a cross in her left hand, originally.



During restorations in 2008-2009, the church wasn’t just repainted in its original colours, but also remarkably embellished. For example, the 19th century pulpit, parts of which served as an altar and others as a lectern for several years, can now be admired in its original place and in its original shape, no less.




Here are a few pictures of the stucco! 
Adorned by Mertens (native of Antwerp), the chancel with busts of the 12 apostles on either side, stucco with an elegant frame in neo Rococo style. 


ROCOCO Church Interior






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