With ongoing COVID restrictions and another spring without live events, a group of Dutch antique dealers have joined forces to organise a short and snappy online fair - The DAAF. All participants are members of the Royal Dutch Fine Art & Antique Dealer Association (KVHOK), ensuring a high level of quality as well as a great diversity of objects. The nearly 50 participants are proud to truly represent the best of the Dutch fine art dealers in their varied fields. Each dealer will offer 21 pieces from his/her collection, so there will be nearly 1000 beautiful works of art all in one place. They will only be exclusively here on this site from Friday, April 9 at 2 p.m., the fair will close on Sunday 11 April at 9 p.m (CET).
A first for the Netherlands
The art and antiques trade has become increasingly digital, but has taken a particular flight in the last year. Online presence is now essential and Internet accessibility, user-friendly websites and transparent prices have all become permanent fixtures in the art world. This will no doubt have an ongoing effect, even after the world opens up again. The landscape of selling and promoting art and antiques has changed for good.
49 exhibitors have a "stand", each presenting 21 pieces. New 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.
At this first Dutch online fair, objects will be visible in each dealers’ "shop windows" and when clicked, descriptions and additional photos will be available. There are no impersonal shopping carts – contact is direct with the dealers. The exhibitors will be ready and available to answer questions and to talk to visitors “live” via email or telephone for the duration of the fair. Personal service and contact for us remains an important part of art business. It is still a place where it is nice to meet the dealers, listen to the stories they have to tell 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 with another exhibitor is quickly made. This cross fertilisation has always been the great aspect of physical fairs and is now 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.
All artworks will only be visible from Friday, April 9 at 2 pm.m and the fair will close on Sunday 11 April at 9pm. Every visitor who purchases an item on April 9 will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne to enhance the feeling of a celebration, similar to the glass of champagne served during the openings of physical fairs.
The organisation assumes that even after the fading of corona, online fairs are here to stay. The Dutch Art & Antiques Fair - www.thedaaf.com is leading the way.