Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder

Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder trade in Old Master paintings, give purchase and sale advice, and organise exhibitions and loans.

We have sold paintings to many private collectors and over 50 museums all over the world.

For an overview of job opportunities at Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, please consult this page.

Visit our gallery

You are most welcome to contact us or visit the gallery on weekdays between 11 am and 5 pm. Admittance is free and making an appointment for individual visits is not necessary.

Group visits and guided tours of the house and collection are available on request.
Dinners and receptions: limited availability, on special request only.

Hoogsteder Museum Foundation

As of 2013, the Hoogsteder Museum Foundation produces turn-key exhibitions for museums and institutions.

We are specialized in Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings. Over the last 50 years Hoogsteder has realized 20 exhibitions and made loans available to more than 200 museum exhibitions worldwide.

Through its loans and exhibitions, the Hoogsteder Museum Foundation aims to promote the art and culture of The Netherlands of the 17th century.

Please visit the HOOGSTEDER MUSEUM FOUNDATION website.

Tussen Kunst & Kitsch

Willem Jan Hoogsteder is the current Old Master paintings expert in Tussen Kunst en Kitsch, appearing for over 20 years on this art television program, which is also the longest running show on Dutch television.

For a free valuation of an object, please come to one of the recording days of the show, which are hosted throughout the Netherlands.

Visit the AVROTROS website for dates and more information.

museum Bredius

Museum Bredius houses an exquisite collection acquired by nineteenth-century collector Abraham Bredius, director of the Mauritshuis for many years.

Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder are closely involved in the organisation of the museum. When local government cuts forced the museum to close in 1985, John Hoogsteder personally ensured that the museum was able to reopen in 1990. When the museum found itself in difficulties in 1995, Hoogsteder purchased Lange Vijverberg 16 and rented it to the museum for the symbolic amount of one Dutch guilder.

In 2011, John Hoogsteder was appointed officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau for his work for Museum Bredius, an award given to people who made an exceptional contribution to society.

Both Hoogsteders, father and son, remain closely involved with the museum, as members of the board and as curators, hosting many successful exhibitions.

Visit the MUSEUM BREDIUS website for more information.

Masterly The Hague

As of 2018, together with Uniquole, Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder organize the Biennale of Old Master Paintings & Dutch Design.

During the festival, historical paintings are shown alongside works made specially for the festival by contemporary designers, artists and photographers.

Next theme: ‘The Royal Edition’

21 – 24 September 2023
Frisian Court in the Museum Quarter
Lange Vijverberg 14-15-16
11-18 hrs

For more information, please visit the MASTERLY THE HAGUE website
or see the throwback Masterly The Hague 2021.

Sponsorship

John and Willem Jan Hoogsteder have donated paintings and works of art to major museums in The Netherlands, including

  • Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Het Mauritshuis, The Hague
  • Museum Paleis Het Loo, Apeldoorn
  • Museum Het Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam
  • Kunstmuseum Den Haag, The Hague

Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder are the longest-running business sponsor of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague, for over 25 years.

Furthermore Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder are proud of their financial support to the following cultural institutions:

The team

Drs. Willem Jan Hoogsteder

Drs. Willem Jan Hoogsteder (b. 1959) has been the owner-director of the company since 1989.

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Drs. Emilie den Tonkelaar

Drs. Emilie den Tonkelaar (b. 1984) joined the team in 2009.

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Drs. Karin Hoogsteder – van der Weiden

Drs. Karin Hoogsteder – van der Weiden (b. 1963) works at Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder since 2000.

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Kim Mulder, MA

Kim Mulder, MA (b. 1998) joined the team in 2023.

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In Memoriam John Hoogsteder

John Hoogsteder (2 December 1931 - 8 October 2022) has been dealing in art since the late 1950s and started the company.

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Drs. Willem Jan Hoogsteder

Drs Willem Jan Hoogsteder (b. 1959) studied art history at Utrecht University and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and obtained his doctoral degree in 1987. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the painting collection of Frederick and Elizabeth, King and Queen of Bohemia.

The love for art was invested in him by his father and grandfather, who were both collectors.

Willem Jan Hoogsteder has been the owner-director of Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder art-dealers since 1989 and founded the Hoogsteder Museum Foundation in 2013. Both are situated at Lange Vijverberg 15 in The Hague.

Willem Jan Hoogsteder is Curator & Vice President of the Museum Bredius, The Hague and is the longest serving Board Member of the Utrecht Corps Museum. He is Old Master paintings expert on Tussen Kunst en Kitsch TV show and co-founder of Festival Masterly The Hague.

In 2019 H.R.H. Prinses Margriet der Nederlanden, awarded Willem Jan Hoogsteder the Medal of Merit in Silver of the Red Cross. In 2022 Willem Jan was appointed Officer in the Orde van Oranje-Nassau.

Drs. Emilie den Tonkelaar

Drs. Emilie den Tonkelaar (b. 1984) joined the team in 2009.
She studied art history at Leiden University and completed her research masters there in 2008 with a thesis on seventeenth-century artist Willem van Swanenburgh. She completed internships at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Kunsthandel Laurentius in Middelburg and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. In 2019 Emilie den Tonkelaar made world news headlines by discovering a famous oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens. She is one of the paintings experts on Tussen Kunst en Kitsch TV show.

Drs. Karin Hoogsteder – van der Weiden

Drs. Karin Hoogsteder – van der Weiden (b. 1963) works at Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder since 2000.
She studied art history at Leiden University, where she wrote her thesis on the still life painter Balthasar van der Ast. Previously she worked as specialist of Old Master paintings for Glerum auction house in The Hague.

Kim Mulder, MA

Kim Mulder, MA (b. 1998) joined the team in 2023 as Art-historical Assistent.
She studied art history in Amsterdam and completed her masters there in 2022. She has completed an internship at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen as curator-in-training and is currently completing a work experience placement at The Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), next to her work for Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder.

In Memoriam John Hoogsteder

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* ’s-Gravenhage 2 december 1931         † ’s-Gravenhage 8 oktober 2022

Op 90-jarige leeftijd is John Hoogsteder vredig overleden in de vertrouwde omgeving van zijn eigen huis in Den Haag. In de stad waarin hij vrijwel zijn hele leven heeft gewoond.

John was 17 jaar oud en nog in het laatste jaar van zijn HBS, toen hij de leiding van Hoogsteder’s Meubelbedrijf overnam van zijn vader, die vanwege een auto ongeluk een half jaar aan bed gekluisterd was. Met zijn vader bouwde John het bedrijf uit tot 100 man personeel met fabrieken in Den Haag en Moordrecht. In de avonduren voltooide John de opleiding tot binnenhuis architect. De technische kennis van zijn vader en het commerciële talent van John leidde onder meer tot de inrichting en verbouwing van vrijwel alle Nederlandse ambassades verspreid over de hele wereld door het meubelbedrijf.

Al in de jaren 1960 was John Hoogsteder veelvuldig in Engeland te vinden vanwege contacten in de meubelindustrie. Daar bezocht hij samen met zijn vrouw Hendrika Boode (Riek) voor het eerst veilingen. Aanvankelijk sierden meubelen, porselein en schilderijen hun huis, maar naar mate de hoeveelheid groeide werd er ook verkocht. John en Riek ontwikkelden een speciale liefde voor de schilderijen van twee Haagse Schilders: Adriaen van de Venne (ca.1587-1662) en  Willem de Zwart (1862-1931).

In 1967 betrok het echtpaar met kinderen Willem Jan (1959) en Edith (1961) een groter huis in Den Haag. Voor de verkoop van het antiek uit Engeland opende hij de Antique Supermarket in de Reinkenstraat. In Galerie Hoogsteder op de Surinamestraat bood hij 17de-eeuwse schilderijen aan. Vanuit huis, want aan beurzen deed hij nooit mee. Wel gingen John en zijn zoon Willem Jan in 1983 een samenwerking aan met Otto Naumann en werd in New York Hoogsteder-Naumann Ltd opgericht.

In 1991 verhuisde de kunsthandel van de Surinamestraat naar Lange Vijverberg 15. Daar maakte hij met Willem Jan en Edith, beiden kunsthistoricus, tentoonstellingen waarbij uitgebreide museale catalogussen verschenen. Vele kunsthistorici werkten hieraan mee. Dat was ook het geval bij  het kunsthistorische tijdschrift Hoogsteder Mercury en het Hoogsteder Journal.

John was autodidact op het gebied van Oude Meesters.  Kennis deed hij op in het Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie. Vanwege zijn veelvuldige bezoeken en leergierigheid werd hij vanaf de jaren ’60 onder de hoede genomen van directeur Joop Nieuwstraten. Tussen diens opvolger Rudi Ekkart en John ontstond eveneens vriendschap die sublimeerde in de samenwerking met het RKD in 1997. Samen met de experts van het RKD verscheen ter gelegenheid van het 750-jarig bestaan van Den Haag: Haagse Schilders in de Gouden Eeuw – het Hoogsteder Lexicon van alle Haagse schilders werkzaam tussen 1600 en 1700. Door zijn warme contacten met kunsthistorici, niet alleen in het Haagse, maar over de hele wereld, vergrootte hij zijn kennis en zijn vriendenkring. 

John Hoogsteder verzamelde zelf maar heeft veel Oude Meester verzamelingen helpen opbouwen. Ook die van musea. Tot op de dag van vandaag verkocht Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder schilderijen aan meer dan 50 musea wereldwijd en organiseerde bruiklenen voor meer dan 185 museale tentoonstellingen.

Dertig jaar lang was John Hoogsteder expert voor Oude Meesters in het programma Tussen Kunst en Kitsch. Op zijn 80ste nam hij daarvan afscheid, tot zijn 85ste was hij dagelijks te vinden op de Lange Vijverberg.

John was een aimabel mens die zijn kennis graag deelde. Veel medewerkers hebben van hem `leren kijken`.  Het grote voorbeeld voor John voor dit kijken vormde Abraham Bredius (1855-1946). Als jongen bezocht John al Museum Bredius op de Prinsengracht dat een paar minuten lopen was vanaf de HBS aan de Raamstraat. Toen dit Museum werd gesloten spande hij zich in samen met andere verontwaardigde kunstliefhebbers om het museum te heropenen. Tot op de dag van zijn overlijden was hij bij het museum betrokken, decennia lang op dagelijkse basis, de laatste jaren als ere-conservator.

Op 80-jarige leeftijd kreeg John Hoogsteder de stadspenning van de gemeente ’s-Gravenhage uitgereikt en werd hij benoemd tot officier in de orde van Oranje-Nassau. Hij grapte altijd, dat Abraham Bredius ook op zijn 80ste  koninklijk werd onderscheiden. Net als Abraham Bredius overleed John Hoogsteder in zijn 91ste levensjaar.

John overleefde zijn vrouw Riek nog geen half jaar. 65 jaar waren zij samen, gelukkig getrouwd.

Dankbaar voor een liefdevolle vader, die zo lang in ons midden is geweest, en dankbaar voor een inspirerende leermeester die zoveel voor ons bedrijf heeft betekend, niet in de laatste plaats met zijn humor, hebben wij afscheid van hem genomen in de kapel van de begraafplaats St Petrus Banden, vanzelfsprekend in Den Haag.

English translation

John Hoogsteder died peacefully at the age of 90 in the familiar surroundings of his home in The Hague, the city in which he had lived almost all his life.

John was 17 and still in his last year of high school when he took over the management of Hoogsteder’s Meubelbedrijf, the furniture business built by his father, then confined to bed for six months following a car accident. Together with his father, John expanded the company to take on 100 employees in factories in The Hague and Moordrecht. In the evenings, John studied to qualify as an interior architect. With his father’s technical knowhow and John’s commercial talent, the firm successfully competed to reconstruct and redecorate almost all the Dutch embassies around the world.

In the 1960s, John Hoogsteder’s contacts in the furniture trade often brought him to England. It was there that he and his wife Hendrika Boode (Riek) began attending auctions. At first, they bought furniture, porcelain, and paintings to decorate their home, yet as the volume grew, they also began to sell. John and Riek developed a particular affinity for works by two Hague painters: Adriaen van de Venne (c.1587-1662) and Willem de Zwart (1862-1931).

In 1967, the couple moved into a larger house in The Hague with their two children, Willem Jan (b. 1959) and Edith (b. 1961). To sell the antiques they bought in England, John opened the Antique Supermarket on Reinkenstraat, while selling 17th-century paintings at Galerie Hoogsteder on Surinamestraat. From home, since he never participated in fairs. In 1983, John and his son Willem Jan established a joint company with Otto Naumann of New York: Hoogsteder-Naumann Ltd.

In 1991, the art gallery moved from Surinamestraat to Lange Vijverberg 15. There, together with Willem Jan and Edith, by now both art historians, he presented exhibitions accompanied by superb museum catalogues. Many art historians collaborated in these projects. As they did on the art-historical magazine Hoogsteder Mercury and Hoogsteder Journal.

John was self-taught when it came to Old Masters, gaining his expertise at the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD). By the 1960s, he was there so often, he developed a close friendship with the director Joop Nieuwstraten. John also had a strong connection with the latter’s successor, Rudi Ekkart, resulting in their collaboration on Haagse Schilders in de Gouden Eeuw – het Hoogsteder Lexicon van alle Haagse schilders werkzaam tussen 1600 en 1700, produced together with the RKD’s experts to celebrate the 750th anniversary of The Hague in 1997. Keeping in touch with many art historians in The Hague and across the world, John expanded both his own expertise and his widening circle of friends. 

While John Hoogsteder enjoyed collecting, he also helped others build their own Old Master collections. That includes museums. To date, Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder have sold paintings to over fifty museums worldwide and have organized loans to over 185 museum institutions.

For thirty years, John Hoogsteder was the Old Masters expert on Tussen Kunst en Kitsch, Dutch television’s Antique Roadshow. He continued until he reached the age of 80, although at 85 he was still at the gallery on Lange Vijverberg every day.

John was above all amiable and loved to share his knowledge. He taught many how to observe. For John, his great model was Abraham Bredius (1855-1946). As a boy, he had visited Museum Bredius on Prinsengracht, which was only a short walk from his school on Raamstraat. When it closed, he campaigned with other disappointed art lovers to reopen the museum. He remained involved with the museum until the day he died – for decades with the day-to-day running, and latterly as honorary curator.

At the age of 80, John Hoogsteder was awarded a civic medal by The Hague municipality, as well as being appointed officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. He often joked that Abraham Bredius had also received his royal honour when he turned 80. And like Abraham Bredius, John Hoogsteder died in his 91st year too.

John survived his wife Riek by barely half a year. They had been happily married for 65 years.

In gratitude for a loving father who was part of our lives for so long, and in gratitude for an inspiring teacher who meant so much to our company, not least also for his humour, we paid our last respects in the chapel of St Petrus Banden cemetery, in The Hague, naturally.

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