Julius Böhler celebrates 140 years in the art trade



2020 is a particularly special year for Julius Böhler as it is celebrating the 140th anniversary of its foundation in 1880. Now in the fifth generation the company has been dealing with treasures from the past without interruption since then. As such, Julius Böhler is one of the oldest European art businesses in family ownership. Since the year of its foundation any number of exquisitely beautiful works of art have been sold and are now proudly displayed in major private and public collections in Europe and the USA.

Together with our partner gallery Anthony Blumka from New York we have put together a particularly exquisite selection of artworks for TEFAF.

One precious medieval work is an exceptionally rare gaming piece made of walrus tusk, carved in the early 12th century in northern France. With a diameter of 5.8 cm it depicts figures in one of Aesop’s Fables: ‘The Fox and the Stork’. His tales were well-known and popular from the 6th century onwards and obviously familiar to the educated artist who made this work. He carved this and presumably twenty-nine other pieces for a board game called ‘tabula’, a predecessor to backgammon.

A pietà with John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene, made of oak around 1490 in Antwerp or Brussels, exudes a solemn beauty. The arrangement of the figures shows the influence of the artist Rogier van der Weyden (1398/1400–1464) from Flanders who devised a completely innovative artistic iconography.

We very much look forward to showing you these and many other treasures from the past personally on our stand.

Florian Eitle-Böhler


Pietà with John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene
Flanders, Antwerp or Brussels, c. 1490
Wooden relief with original paintwork and gilding 36 x 47 x 7 cm

Gaming piece depicting the Fable “The Fox and the Stork”
Northern France, early 12th century
Walrus tusk, D: 5.8 cm


Saturday, 7 March – Saturday, 14 March, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, 15 March, 11 am – 6 pm
TEFAF Maastricht 2020, MECC Maastricht, stand 212
Phone: +49 171 7562953