PAN AMSTERDAM FAIR HIGHLIGHTSNov. 1, 2011
A photograph of a long-haired cat wearing a tiara is the self-aware 25th-anniversary artist commission at PAN Amsterdam, the opulent annual art, antique and design fair, Nov. 20-27, 2011 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre. Artist Marie Cécile Thijs photographed the cat in Her Majesty -- for sale in an edition of 10 for €3,450 -- as a reference to the glittering display of 25 tiaras and coronets the fair is exhibiting in honor of its anniversary.
The regal headpieces are on loan to the fair from a variety of private collectors and fair exhibitors, including Epoque Fine Jewels, which is also offering an 1890 pendant of Venus in a diamond shell, with a setting of rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds.
Other highlights include a reclining nude by Dutch painter H.J. Wolter, consigned by the Alfred H. Heineken collection at Theo Daatselaar; a series of 25 etchings and paintings of the Amsterdam skyline by Jan Korthals, Cornelis Vreedenburgh and Sal Meijer, at Kunstzalen A. Vecht; and an unused 1965 Rietveld chair that was sold to a Dutch architect who apparently decided he already had too much Rietveld furniture, and never took it out of the crate.
Entrance to the fair costs €15 per day or €40 for a week-long pass.