Purchase advice on Old Masters offered at all major auction houses
Buying an Old Master painting is not a simple task: knowledge is essential. Willem Jan Hoogsteder visits virtually every major Old Master sale personally. He inspects all paintings meticulously, first hand. His life-long experience purchasing art, learned initially from his father who still actively follows every sale, enables Hoogsteder to furnish collectors with excellent advice.
Free of charge he will answer any questions you have regarding authenticity and condition of Dutch and Flemish Old Masters in these sales.
For a profound purchase advice a success fee is charged of 15% of the total realised price at auction. When no purchase is made, advice will be free of charge.
What we offer
- Connoisseurship and expertise
- In-house art historical research
- Experience of buying and selling
- Thorough understanding of the art market
Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder have successfully bought and sold Old Master paintings for over 50 years, independently and with their own resources. Based on their track record they have acted as advisers for collectors and museums worldwide.
Building a collection of Old Master Paintings
Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder have helped build major private collections. Excellent Old Master paintings are still available and collections can still be built, and surprisingly, at relatively low cost. Compared to the huge prices modern and contemporary art are fetching, Old Masters may prove especially good value for money.
We tend to forget that most of the art in museums originates from private collections. Without the donations or funding of private collectors, the British Royal Collection, the Louvre in Paris, the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Frick Collection in New York – just to name a few – would be empty.
Old Master paintings were created between 300 and 400 years ago. Since then, they have been avidly collected by art lovers from all walks of life: Old Master collections have been formed by individuals to grace their home with beauty, by businessmen to display their success, by scholars to imbibe from the bowl of historical knowledge contained in Old Masters and by kings, emperors and tsars – simply because they could.
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Portrait of a woman, probably Anna or Maria Meulenaer by Nicolaes Maes, detail.
Ships on a Stormy Sea by Jacob Adriaensz. Bellevois, detail.