It was in the early 1960s that John Hoogsteder first began buying and selling paintings.
Now, more than fifty years later, the family company of Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder is firmly and established internationally.
After the war, John Hoogsteder built his father’s furniture factory Hoogsteder Meubel Bedrijf into a large company employing a hundred craftsmen. They have furnished most of the Dutch embassies all over the world. They also participated in renovating several historical houses including Paleis Noordeinde. During this time, John Hoogsteder started to collect Old Master paintings.
In 1967 he opened Galerie Hoogsteder at Surinamestraat 26 in The Hague. By then he had already begun to specialise in Dutch and Flemish art of the seventeenth century. In the following twenty years he built up the business and became a major international art dealer with contacts throughout the world. Private clients often started out as occasional buyers but became enthusiastic collectors. For years John Hoogsteder has been the AVRO TV programme Tussen Kunst en Kitsch‘s expert in the field of Old Masters.
Willem Jan Hoogsteder, John’s son, studied art history at Utrecht University and at the highly regarded Courtauld Institute in London. In 1983 he set up a business in New York together with art dealer Otto Naumann under the name Hoogsteder-Naumann Ltd. Five years later Willem Jan returned to The Netherlands to open his own gallery in 1989.
In March 1991 father and son joined forces and moved to a magnificent building on Lange Vijverberg in The Hague. Today, Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder BV is an international company focusing on the purchase and sale of the highest quality Dutch and Flemish Old Masters to both private clients and museums. The aim is to cover the entire market sector, with prices ranging from 25,000 euros to several millions.
The more than 45 museums all over the world that have acquired paintings with Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder include the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.