Christie’s are scaling down their Dutch operation with substantially fewer staff and a pared-down sales schedule designed to reflect the international auction calendar.
However, as their Amsterdam saleroom in
Amsterdam-Zuid, the cultural heart of the city, marks its 40th
anniversary, Christie's say they remain committed to holding
auctions in Holland.
"We can confirm that we are in a process of
evolving our operations at Christie's Amsterdam," said a company
"As one of our longest-established sale
sites, Amsterdam and our Dutch clients are key to Christie's global
business and we are dedicated to our presence there, and to holding
"However, reflecting both the company's
global structure and the evolving demands of today's global art
market, we believe changes are necessary to ensure success long
into the future."
ATG understand that 45 out of 67 posts will
go in the changes.
The competitive environment in Amsterdam has
changed markedly in recent years. Sotheby's, who opened in
Amsterdam in 1974, laid off two-thirds of their 60 Amsterdam
employees in January 2009 when the annual calendar fell from ten
sales to two. The saleroom was finally closed in 2011 in favour of
a consignment office with just three staff sourcing items for sale
on the international market.
Christie's say "a decrease and change in
auction schedule" is necessary "to fully integrate with the
international sales calendar which our clients follow around the
globe". Recent sales in Amsterdam have focused on fine art (from
Old Masters to Post-War and Contemporary pictures) with fewer
traditional Dutch 'pot pourri' sales of furniture, ceramics and
works of art.
Christie's held 19 sales in Amsterdam in 2012.