Curriculum Vitae

Overview

  • Specializes in 16th through 18th Century European Furniture
  • Former Department Head at Sotheby’s Arcade Furniture Department
  • Former Antique Furniture Restorer and Conservator at Sotheby’s
  • Independent Art and Antiques Advisor
  • USPAP Certified Appraiser
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We would like to introduce you to Constanze Doerr, Auctionata expert in European Furniture and Decorative Arts.

Constanze Doerr is an expert with more than 20 years’ international experience. She specializes in 16th through 18th century European furniture.

Ms. Doerr began her career with a three-year apprenticeship in Munich at the renowned restoration workshop of Herbert Straub.  There, she learned the methods of restoration of fine 18th century furniture with intricate inlays and woodwork. 

She was recruited by Sotheby’s, New York, to restore its most significant antiques before or after sale and to advise collectors on best practices for maintaining their collections.

Ms. Doerr subsequently matriculated to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, from which she graduated as valedictorian with a Bachelors’ Degree in Decorative Arts and Restoration.  Her contribution to the research and conservation on the wooden intarsia frieze of the 15th Century Gubbio Studiolo at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is acknowledged in Volume 2 ofThe Gubbio Studiolo and Its Conservation: Italian Renaissance intarsia and the conservation of the Gubbio studiolo, edited by Olga Raggio and Antoine M. Wilmering.

Returning to Sotheby’s, Constanze Doerr joined the European Works of Art and Arms & Armour Department where she was in charge of early European furniture. She was instrumental in sales of Renaissance and Baroque furniture de-acquisitioned from prominent American museums.  As Assistant Vice President and Department Head she was responsible for Sotheby’s Arcade Furniture sales, organizing approximately fifteen auctions per year, while also participating in appraisals of antique furniture from significant estates which Sotheby’s ultimately represented. 

Today the expert works as an independent art and antiques appraiser.

Constanze Doerr lives and works in New York.