Fairs Maastricht

In the saddle at Tefaf


Nic Fiddian Green's Trojan Horse

Sales continue to be made at Tefaf (until 25 March) but a purchase of an equine nature is making waves in Maastricht. A Dutch private collector has snapped up Trojan Horse, 2011, the massive lead construction of a horse’s head by British artist Nic Fiddian Green, which dominates the stand of London's Sladmore Gallery. The artist attended the opening day of the fair, incognito despite his jaunty embroidered black velvet trousers. His work is known to hoards of Londoners and visitors to the capital through his monumental bronze Horse at Water, 2010, which, at nine metres high, looms above the traffic at Marble Arch. The Sladmore’s space at Tefaf was designed around the sculpture, which was transported in five pieces by lorry the weekend before the fair opened on 15 March. It was re-assembled by the artist and his assistant over two days. “I feel honoured to be at Tefaf; we’re surrounded by some of the world’s greatest treasures. The creators of most of the art here are dead but their art is alive. People want to own it," quipped Fiddian Green.

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