4 auctioneers for this category
The most beautiful auction items are made with love and craftsmanship.
After working in a hotel for years, Erik van den Berg decided he wanted to be his own boss. He found the freedom he’d always wanted in the antiques trade. Antiques were always a hobby and, inspired by his neighbour, he transformed it into his profession. After starting out small in a shared shop, Erik gradually got a feel for the profession and opened his own shop. He learned from his good and bad purchases and used all his senses to assess antiques. Over 20 years later, he has every reason to claim to be an expert at assessing antiques.
This has come in handy for Erik as an auctioneer. Thanks to his experience, he can also use photographs to get a good impression of the huge variety of items that come his way. Contact with the seller is also an important aspect. For example, to definitively determine from what material an item is made. An antique’s value is not always the deciding factor for Erik. He really loves including antiques that show a lot of love and craftsmanship in his auction.
My work as a restorer of classical buildings has taught me a lot.
Francisco Alvarez's interest in antiques was likely to have been sparked by the beautiful art and antique furniture in his childhood home. When he went on to study architecture, he chose to specialise in the renovation of classical buildings while at the same time running an antique shop with a good friend of his. This has taught him a lot about the Spanish antiques market and he became knowledgeable in the valuation of antique objects. Meanwhile, Francisco Alvarez has gained years of valuable experience which all came together at Catawiki. For his Antiques and Curio auctions he comes into contact with a lot of different objects. From coffee grinders to wooden dolls to Art Deco lamps and bric-à-brac cabinets. Francisco Alvarez has seen it all and therefore is able to estimate which objects go together nicely in an auction. His goal is to create varied auctions that also have their own personalities. With a great variety of different objects he hopes to surprise his international visitors each week.
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