Join me on a little food spotting tour at the TEFAF,
TEFAF being the biggest art fare worldwide where JETS and SETS fly in and out at the small airport of Maastricht in the Netherlands. Here you can find “Them good girls, Straight masterpieces” to quote “Bruno Mars” from his mega hit “Uptown Funk”. Let me tell you the floor is ruled by Bling Bling and Ching Ching, so lets mingle and enjoy.
It is impossible to walk up-tempo in this “Galactic Black-hole of Art”, where every inch is filled with Ohh’s and Ahh’s. Take “Piazza Navona” in Rome, from the Dutch artist Caspar van Wittel, alias “Vanvitelli”, showing us the public market as in use for centuries. Fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry ready to be transformed in delish Italian dishes… mmmmm.
These raspberries are to die for, or are they mulberries, who will tell me? The color, vibrance, translucent texture is mouth watering. Painted round 1580 by Osias Beert the elder, these berries still look awesome.
Ferocious looking is this carp tureen which transformed itself into leaping “Dragon’s Gate” rapids in the “Yellow River”, at least according to the Chinese mythological tale form the Qing dynasty.
But on we go to the rats and mice, celebrated here as being symbols for wealth, abundance and fertility. This Chinese porcelain sauce tureen from around 1740 is just for pure admiration.
Coffee time …. , well let’s stop here at the Roy Lichtenstein Caffe with the text : ” I Say No … Make sure. Huh?”. This screenprint from 1976 will set you back around 25000 cappuccinos. Swallow and move on.
It will not fit in my hall, but that is the only withhold not acquiring this pure beauty. Time looses its value confronting this Adonis. Gabriel Grupello sculpted it around 1685.
His hand is filled with the seeds of fertility as the pomegranate bursts open and shows its content.
This “Jacob van Hulsdonck” reminds me of my mother being send to the butcher with the question; ” Do you have pigs trotters?” after his “Yes”, her reply would be ;”Must be hard walking on them”.
Many persons will turn their back on the Dutch custom off eating raw fish in the form of “haring”. Let me assure you, standing at a fishmongers cart, swinging the “haring” around at its tail and halfing then sliding it down your throat, covered with tiny pieces of raw onion is pure delight.
Let me present you …. ‘THE SWAN SERVICE”, well that is to say … part of it, only fourteen pieces. Specially made for the count of Bruhl …. ehhhh .. better Google that one.
Plates with swan relief, some pieces with the counts “Coat of Arms”, the monstrosity below is to chill your wine glasses.
The masculine little bronze man, he is only 14.5 cm in height, is the mighty Hercules. In his days this was the way to shop for clothing and food, dressed to the minimum and bolder at hand. Wish you lots of fun with your future shoppings, maybe bring your credit card along instead.
Good times, with your food and art hunting,
THE DUTCH COOK