By trading silver, these intriguing objects are preserved for future generations.
Art has always been a passion of Dennis van Kampen, who has a degree in history of art. During his studies, he developed a special interest in silver and gold. He is fascinated beyond measure by the versatility of silver and the many applications of this fine noble metal. After finishing his degree, Dennis van Kampen started collecting more and more antiques and he discovered the dealer within himself. With his own antique shop he has gained a lot of valuable experience in appraising thousands of objects.
This background perfectly complements Dennis van Kampen's work at Catawiki. His years of experience enable him to identify and value silverware. In addition, he has an eye for the goldsmith's technique and the hallmark that also indicates its origin. Each week, Dennis van Kampen strives to compose an auction that he can be proud of. Special pieces are given additional attention, and so does the composition of the auction. When the auction is about to close, he experiences the excitement of the bidders, curious to find out how his carefully presented lots perform.
Investigating the origins of antique silver is a real pleasure.
Patrick van Karsen inherited his love of antiques from his parents. He started collecting antiques as a teenager and attended all the major auctions in Europe. He then developed his passion for general Dutch antiques and colonial silver from the 17th and 18th centuries. And, despite taking his studies in a completely different direction, antiques kept a hold on him. Patrick went on to devote himself to his passion. He has assessed thousands of pieces as an appraiser at various auction houses. He was also eager to soak up the knowledge of the many collectors with whom he came into contact.
Knowledge that Patrick can completely rely on when appraising gold and silver. He has seen and learned to recognise problem items such as restorations, fakes and assembled objects. They say that you have to hold silver to know its worth. However, Patrick believes that assessing items using high resolution photographs also has its advantages. You often notice details and damage more quickly. And with the internet always on hand for research, he can act quickly.
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