In April 2021 when the Corona pandemic was at its peak and people -literally- had nowhere to go, a group of Dutch antique dealers joined forces to organise the first online Dutch Art and Antiques Fair - The DAAF for members of the Royal Dutch Fine Art & Antique Dealers Association (KVHOK). Membership of the association has ensured dealers of excellent standing and reputation and the highest quality objects. 49 dealers attracted over 6.000 visitors and more than 125.000 page views in just two and a half days.
In 2022, dealers are picking up their pre-Corona pace by joining the travelling circus again of annual art and antiques fairs. Online fairs have meanwhile become part of the routine. They have become part of the way we promote, buy and sell art and antiques.
The DAAF is an online fair, where 50 dealers present 21 pieces from their collections. So there are more than 1000 beautiful works of art from a broad range of specialties all in one place. Shown together, here on this site from Thursday 7 April 16:00 (CET) until Sunday 10 April at 21:00 (CET).
Exhibitors all have an own booth, where they show acquisitions in the most diverse fields: from engravings to glassware, Dutch Old Masters to Russian Icons, from the grandeur of Louis XVI to the thoughtful simplicity of 20th-century designs, Fine Jewellery and Asian Art and much more for which the Dutch art trade is known for. Exceptional pieces that would not be misplaced at fairs like TEFAF and PAN Amsterdam.
During the fair, objects will be visible with descriptions and an occasional video. There are no impersonal shopping carts, there are no commissions, contacts are direct with the dealers. All exhibitors are available to answer questions and to talk to visitors via email or telephone for the duration of the fair. Personal service and contact remains an important part of art business. The DAAF is intended as a place where it is nice to meet dealers, listen to their stories and be inspired by their knowledge.
Experienced buyers will perhaps first visit the galleries known to them, but in this multidisciplinary presentation, the step to browse through collections of other exhibitors is quickly made. The cross over between booths has proved its value during physical fairs and is even easier with an online event. The Dutch Art & Antiques Fair will offer an exciting opportunity for both new and established collectors to discover exceptional works for sale from exhibitors spanning every major market discipline.