This interview was first published in TEFAF's Silver Jubilee publication, 2012
The Passionate Collector who became TEFAF’s President
“There are two things that make me want to buy a painting”, says Willem Baron van Dedem, who is both a renowned collector of Dutch and Flemish paintings and, for the past 15 years, President of TEFAF. “Firstly it must warm my heart and secondly it must be in a good state of preservation”.
The recent round of Old Master sales in London has been covered widely and inevitably the rather lacklustre results raise questions about the health and future of the Old Master market. It’s a market in decline. It’s a market that’s dying. It’s a market that’s dead. So claim the naysayers.