‘No crystal ball but crystal clear advice’
Rob Driessen provides valuations for insurance, division, sale or benefaction purposes. In order to give an accurate advice on value, a valuer-appraiser needs to have thorough theoretical and practical knowledge. The Dutch Federation of Valuers, Brokers and Auctioneers (TMV) sees to it that her members operate in a professional and impartial manner. Rob is also a member of the renowned Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the worldwide standard of professional ethics for valuers and surveyors. Apart from special commissions for museums, institutions and private clients, Rob is involved in public valuation events on location including the AVROTROS television program 'Tussen Kunst & Kitsch', the Dutch equivalent of BBC’s famous Antiques Roadshow.
For valuation, an hourly fee or project rate will be charged.
A valuation day is a pleasant and instructive event for a museum, club or organisation who wants to organise something special for their members, sponsors or clients. Twice a year, the National Glass Museum in Leerdam holds a valuation day where visitors can have their glass objects evaluated. An ideal way for the museum to get in touch with glass enthusiasts and collectors and answer questions about authenticity and value. www.nationaalglasmuseum.nl
In 2015 I founded Waardewerk together with Erik Paol, registered valuer Paintings 17th – 20th century. We decided to join forces because of the increasing demand for appraisals of movable cultural heritage in the broadest sense. Thanks to our extensive experience and network we can call upon the expertise of specialists in all kinds of fields, while offering the convenience of a single coordinating party. This enables us to handle large scale and complicated projects such as museum collections, art in public space, exhibition loans et cetera. www.waardewerk.com
Kunst & Kitsch television programme owes its great popularity to the combination of amazing and amusing stories from visitors and the sometimes extraordinary discoveries by the experts. I was pleasantly surprised when a lady dragged in a chair designed by Hans Jacob Wegner. A perfect opportunity to introduce a broad audience to this world famous Danish designer. The chair, model ‘CH 28’, dates from 1951 and was one of the first of many designs by Wegner for the Danish furniture maker Carl Hansen.
Another great find during Tussen Kunst & Kitsch was a very large silver serving tray, designed and executed by the important Dutch silver smith Frans Zwollo Sr. (1872 – 1945). The tray, once part of an extensive service commissioned by Mr. Dr. R.J. de Visser from Arnhem, is decorated with a delicate pattern of stylized fish and shells. The De Visser family most have been very well off, the tray alone costing 1.200 guilders in 1917. De present owner, who once bought the tray at an auction, confessed that he likes to use it to present Dutch herring to his guests.