drs. Sarah de Clercq

  • Senior Director, Senior Specialist, Managing Director


Managing director of Sotheby’s The Netherlands and a senior expert on 19th and Impressionist and Modern European & Dutch Art, Sarah is internationally recognized for her far reaching expertise in her field and of the art market. With more than twenty-five years’ experience in the art market, she has strong relations with many important collectors and institutions and stakeholders in the cultural sector in The Netherlands and worldwide. Her renowned specialist knowledge makes her a key contributor to Sotheby’s auctions worldwide in a number of fields.

Prior to joining Sotheby’s in January 2018, Sarah led the Impressionist and Modern Art team and the Old Masters and 19th Century Art Department at Christie’s Amsterdam, where she served as Head of Department from 2005 and Specialist since 2000. Sarah holds a Master of Arts degree in History of Art from Groningen University and studied at the University of East Anglia. Sarah is a sworn and certified valuer of the Dutch association of valuers, brokers and auctioneers Federatie TMV since 2008.

Today, as Managing Director of Sotheby’s The Netherlands, Sarah advises important collectors and institutions on buying and selling art across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as well as numerous high-profile consignments in a variety of selling categories from 19th century art, contemporary and modern art to jewelry, decorative art and design. Recent successes have included superb results for artists as Pyke Koch, Kees van Dongen and Isaac Israels.

Sarah sits on the board of several renowned associations, including the supervisory board of the castle and estate Duivenvoorde Foundation in Voorschoten, the supervisory board of De Porceleyne Fles / Royal Delft Group and the advisory board of Museum MORE in Gorssel/Kasteel Ruurlo. Furthermore, Sarah is the author of numerous articles, books, and exhibition catalogues on 19th and early 20th century Dutch paintings, particularly the work of Hendrik Willem Mesdag (2015) and Johannes Evert Hendrik Akkeringa (2010). Sarah also works closely with museums, organizing exhibitions and advising museums on exhibitions and acquisitions of 19th century and early 20th-century art.

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