The gallery

VAN DEN BRUINHORST

Is researching, restoring and selling rare high-quality pieces of Modernist design and applied arts from the 20th century.

Our specialism: Dutch Design from the interwar period.

A very exciting period that began a hundred years ago, in which all disciplines of art were connected and were rapidly developing  in a whole new direction.

Architecture changed radically with the modernist buildings of Frank LLoyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Gerrit Rietveld. Modern design was born when wooden furniture and classic chandeliers were replaced by cantilever chairs of tubular steel and lamps looking like planets from designers like Marcel Breuer, Mart Stam and W.H. Gispen.

 

 

 

Gallery History

The gallery was founded in 2015 by Aagje Voordouw and Ad van den Bruinhorst. Ad began working as a vintage design dealer in his gallery named “De Andere Tijd” in 1992. In the years hereafter, he focused on Dutch design from the interwar period.

Through archival research and restoring the objects in person he became an expert in this field. This expertise was valued by his customers, the avid collectors, but also came to the attention of museum curators, documentary makers, art historians and publishers. He was asked to perform in documentary films, to participate in museum exhibitions, to write articles for art magazines and to be a speaker at symposia.

Art fair PAN Amsterdam invited van den Bruinhorst to join their first design section in 2008, which he participated in ever since.

Research and Restoration

We want to inform our customers well about the origin, the age and originality of our objects. Therefore, an important part of our work is to carry out research on all items in our collection from the perspectives of -art- history, technical craftsmanship, and materials science. If needed we can perform restorations in our own workshop.

The gallery benefits from an extensive collection of original product catalogues and reference books and we have a broad network of specialists to support us in researching and restoration.

Collection

The collection often contains exclusive and remarkable items which have played an important role in the development of art and design within the interwar period. Through our gallery we hope to find them a new home in a beautiful interior, private collection or museum.

Our objects are regularly sought out by national and international museums. We recently delivered pieces from our collection to Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Texas, United States of America.

Consulting and Appraisals

VAN DEN BRUINHORST also offers the following services:

  • consulting in the process of acquiring/selling an object;
  • appraisals of objects and collections;
  • documented maintenance and restoration of objects.

These services are available to museums, notaries, insurers and individuals.

For more information, or to set up an appointment, please contact us >

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