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Paris Tableau has announced that they will be joining with Biennale des Antiquaires as of 2016, in a widely praised decision.

Paris Tableau, the successful Old Masters picture fair, which was held in Paris 15 -19 November, brings with it distinguished exhibitors and a well-known group of experts, several of whom are already Antiquaires exhibitors. The Tableau dealers will be integrated into the body of the fair instead of having a stand-alone section.

Next year's Biennale des Antiquaires, which will be held in September 2016 will also have a new director, Henri Loyrette, former President of the Louvre. As of 2017 it will also change to a yearly event, providing even more shopping opportunities.

The new merger means that exhibitor space will become even more of a challenge. The Biennale des Antiquaires is held in the spectacular Grand Palais, and there is no room for expansion. Exhibitors moving from Tableau can also expect sticker shock when it comes time to rent a booth – the price will be substantially higher per sq. metre.

Ahh, but the audience. As AAD reported previously, the Biennale counted almost 70,000 visitors up from 9,000 in 2006. And with the changes planned for 2016, that number could rise, perhaps substantially.

But of course what your intrepid reporter really wants to know…is what kind of champagne will be at the opening?

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