THREE Scandinavian auction houses – one each from Denmark, Sweden and Norway – have clubbed together to set up a Web presence that they are billing as “the greatest knowledge of fine art in Northern Europe”.
www.scandinavian-auctions.com comprises Blomqvist Kunsthandel of Oslo (est. 1870), Bruun Rasmussen of Copenhagen (est. 1948) and Stockholm’s Auktionsverk (est. 1674).
“For the first time you may easily find rare Scandinavian pieces on the Internet, since the site offers a comprehensive joint auction calendar, free downloadable catalogues of future auctions and sales results, besides profiles of the participating partners,” say the partners. They also promise, later this year, to introduce a searchable database of items put up for auction with, hopefully, a bidding facility as well.
Categories offered will include International paintings, Old Masters, Scandinavian artists, antiques, furniture, clocks, silver, jewellery, glass, ceramics, carpets, modern and contemporary art, Scandinavian design, wine, books, weapons, coins, stamps etc.
“The combined annual turnover of the partnership... will exceed 100m euro, and will each year handle more than 100,000 auction lots listed in more than 150 different catalogues.” If the online bidding facility is introduced, it will be interesting to see how far they manage to boost this figure.
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