Curriculum Vitae

Overview

  • Formerly with Christie's in New York
  • Formerly with Sotheby’s in London
  • Over 30 years'experience
  • Specializes in 18th century Parisian furniture
  • Well-versed also in tapestries, clocks, fine bronzes and silver
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We would like to introduce you to Jean-Marie van Isacker, Auctionata expert in Dutch & European Furniture and Decorative Art.

Jean-Marie van Isacker is an expert in Dutch and European furniture and decorative arts with over 30 years’ experience. He specializes in important European furniture, particularly 18th century Parisian furniture. He is also well-versed in related forms of the decorative arts such as tapestries, clocks and fine bronzes and silver.

Jean-Marie graduated from the Sotheby’s Works of Art Course in London in 1976. He then joined Sotheby’s furniture department, becoming a member of their expert team. After helping them develop client strategies for the Continental auction market in Brussels and Amsterdam, he moved to New York and joined Christie’s in 1981. During his ten years there he conducted many successful furniture and decorative arts sales. In 1992 he returned to Europe and his traditional area of expertise helped him to begin his career as a consultant.

Determining the authenticity of an object as well as negotiation of price with a supplier is part of the routine services offered to his clients. His long career with the auction houses provides him with extensive knowledge in other decorative art fields, although European furniture between 1600 - 1850 is his specialty.

He recently researched a rare armchair that was discovered in the Netherlands. The three-legged walnut chair was made to be used on a ship, either by the captain or by a navigator. It is, to his knowledge, the oldest maritime armchair in existence, dating back to 1621.

Jean-Marie van Isacker lives and works in Middelburg.