The fair runs through March 10.
A seven-year veteran of the fair’s spring and fall editions, Clark Haines, who regularly brings along a retinue of noted designers and art dealers, considers Mercanteinfiera an absolute must-attend, particularly for those looking to build up substantial inventory for their clients at advantageous prices. “With its stunningly vast array of offerings, one can easily find some of the finest works of art available, from Renaissance paintings to Gio Ponti-designed statement pieces,” she says, “as well as a host of ‘diamonds in the rough,’ important furniture and lighting fixtures that can be easily snapped up for a song by those with a discerning eye for discovery.” Designers who have joined Clark Haines on her many forays to the fair include Denise McGaha of Dallas, Jon Call of New York’s Mr Call Designs, and Steven Moore of the Antiques Roadshow.
Unlike more lofty events, such as the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht (TEFAF), the 32nd edition of whichkicks off next week in the Dutch city, Mercanteinfiera prides itself on not being vetted—the value of what is on offer reliant solely on the eye of the beholder. It is for this reason, plus its sheer volume and variety of inventory, says Clark Haines, that Mercanteinfiera is one of her favorite antiques fairs in Europe,. The fair runs through March 10. Its 38th fall edition will be held in late September.