A pair of 18th-Century Arita porcelain vases and covers cost $14,980, but an exquisite Galle vase, dated 1900, decorated with a landscape in blue and yellow brought $3,088.
Abraham Louis Breguet's extraordinary traveling clock, made in 1817 and still ticking, was sold for $54,108. Two ornate golden bracelets set with pink topaz, emeralds and diamonds, made in England in 1835, cost $23,000, while a pair of fer de Berlin earrings, dated 1840, sold for about $1,500.
Contemporary art that was purchased at the fair last year included an Andy Warhol portrait of Marlene Deitrich (1962, gouache and graphite on paper) for about $54,108, and "Beuys by Warhol," a silk screen and diamond point done in 1960 for about $11,723.
A 1972 untitled Willem de Kooning oil on newspaper, mounted on canvas, sold to a Swedish collector for about $67,635, and Sam Francis' "Triangle," dated 1975, was bought by a Belgian collector for $29,308.
This year the fair will present a series of 12 lectures by specialists. Speakers include curators from Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and Brussels' Royal Museum of Art and History.
There will also be a program of concerts and recitals, including performances by the Moscow Ballet Ensemble, soprano Helen Lawrence and Amsterdam's Kamer Orkest. Maastricht's historic buildings are used as venues.
The fair offers a gala first-night viewing and banquet. Tickets are about $50 U.S., including the catalogue. Fair hours are Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from noon to 9 p.m. Admission is about $14, including the catalogue.
For more information about the European Fine Art Fair, contact the Netherlands Board of Tourism, 90 New Montgomery St., Suite 305, San Francisco 94105, or call (415) 543-6772.
\o7 Prices quoted in this article reflect currency exchange rates at the time of writing.