Tessa Kostrzewa joined Sotheby’s in 1998 as a Graduate Trainee. Appointed Director of the European Paintings department in 2012, she has been instrumental in creating an international platform for selling Central European paintings, and was the driving force behind the hugely successful Hascoe single owner sale of Modern Czech Paintings in London in June 2011, which set world records for multiple artists.
In her career at Sotheby’s, Ms Kostrzewa has worked in the Jewellery and Impressionist & Modern Art departments, and as an expert in European Paintings. Her areas of expertise include 19th and early 20th century German, Austrian, Central & Eastern European, Dutch, Belgian and French paintings, as well as 19th, 20th century and contemporary Greek paintings. She is Specialist in charge of Sotheby’s German, Austrian and Central European Paintings sales and joint expert in charge of the Greek sales. Ms Kostrzewa furthermore co-curates the European Paintings sales, and is jointly responsible for appraisals, art search, catalogue production, client liaison and private treaty sales of the European Paintings department.
Ms Kostrzewa received a Bachelor of Arts degree from King’s College and a Master of Arts degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London.