TEFAF Maastricht 2024 Newsletter

TEFAF Maastricht

9-14 March 2024 | Preview days 7 & 8 March | Stand 104

2024 is the Chinese year of the Wood Dragon. In Chinese culture the dragon holds a significant place as an auspicious and special creature, symbolizing power, nobility, honour, luck, and success. This year therefore has the potential to usher in good fortune, action and expansion.

We hope this bodes well for TEFAF Maastricht, which is set to be another fantastic awe inspiring showcase for fine art and antiques.

As provenance is still consistently an important topic for us, we felt it justified another catalogue in 2024 - Provenance II - which will be highlighted at this year’s fair. Please note the fair has been shortened and has only one weekend.

During the fair you can reach us by phone +31(0)653178521 or info@vanderven.com.


Floris & Nynke van der Ven

See & Join In

January finally saw the launch of The Royal Dresden Porcelain Collection digital platform. This project has been 10 years in the making and is a truly remarkable achievement. This unsurpassed collection, originally held a spectacular 29,000 Chinese and Japanese porcelain pieces - all inventoried and numbered. The now 8200 extant pieces, have been digitally catalogued, photographed and cross-referenced. It has now also been made searchable in an open online platform, making it an invaluable and important research tool.

During TEFAF on Sunday 10 March at 2pm, the Porzellansammlung Dresden curators Cora Würmell and Julia Weber will give a presentation of the new online platform and handling inventoried pieces shown at the fair (including us!). Places are limited, registration is possible on the TEFAF site.

Bronze Drum Stand

China, Warring States Period (475-221 BC) | H: 37 cm | Ø: 71 cm

Tests: Core TL-Tested (Oxford) | Bronze samples & X-Rays (Ciram)

Condition Report available

This remarkable object served as a base for an upright pole-drum. The three snakes, their scales worked in low relief, coil around a tubular sleeve in which the wooden pole would have been placed. Additionally, various exotic creatures decorate the top and side of the drum stand.


M. Lam Collection, Hong Kong 2013

With Vanderven Oriental Art, 2014

A.W. Collection, Europe 2023

Dresden Bottle

China, Kangxi Period (1662-1722) | H: 21.9 cm

Condition Report available

An elegant famille verte bottle vase decorated with two large cavorting Fo Dogs. The underside of the bottle bears the distinctive blackened engraved number N:139 I, from the collection inventory of Augustus the Strong.


Augustus the Strong, Dresden 1721

Van Goidsenhoven, Belgium 1968

Private Collection, Belgium 2023