drs. Sarah de Clercq

  • Senior Director, Senior Specialist, Managing Director


Managing director of Sotheby’s The Netherlands and a senior expert on 19th and early 20th century European & Dutch Art, Sarah is internationally recognised for her far reaching expertise in her field and of the art market. With 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 in a number of fields. Sarah joined Sotheby’s in January 2018, from Christie’s Amsterdam, where she has been a specialist since 2000. Since 2005 she was Head of Department of the 19th Century European Art Department (2005-2009), Head of the Impressionist and Modern Art department (2009-2013) and Head of the Old Masters and 19th Century Art Department (2013-2017).

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.

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.

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