Jan Willem van Haaren began working at Sotheby’s Amsterdam in 1986 and after stints there, as well as in Munich, Germany, and throughout Europe and Asia, he moved to New York in 2008 to take on his current post. He focuses on North and South American collections and organises Sotheby’s biannual European Furniture sales in New York.
Throughout his tenure in Amsterdam, where he began in the Arcade department, Mr van Haaren variously headed the European Ceramics department, the Furniture department and the Decorative Arts department. In 1996, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Decorative Arts department and in 2001, he was promoted to Director. During this time, he concentrated on valuations throughout Europe and organised the first garden sales at Sotheby’s Amsterdam.
After he moved to Munich, Germany, Mr van Haaren travelled throughout Europe and Asia with a focus on castle sales and noble collections. Highlights from this period include the Collections of HRH Princess Christina of the Netherlands and the Noble Family von Galen, as well as important house collections in Germany, France and Belgium.