‘A valuer-broker is not a dealer’


Rob Driessen acts as an agent to private collectors, museums and dealers in buying and selling applied art and design. The client fully profits from Rob’s knowledge and experience, since he does not buy or sell on his own account but charges a transparent commission. Most of the transactions are private sales in which he realizes the best price for both parties involved, in a discrete and exclusive manner. If selling at auction is the best option, Rob can oversee the entire project from valuation, description, transport, presentation and of course a good rate and a quick settlement.
To the right you will find a selection of current stock of applied art, sculpture and design. NB: not all objects in portfolio are shown. Please feel free to contact Rob if you have specific questions.

photography: Carol Winkel
For successful brokerage a commission fee will be charged.


Josef Hoffmann (AU 1870 – 1956)

Vase, ca. 1923
Unknown maker for Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna. Clear green glass, blown in an optical mould.
h. 19,5 cm, unmarked.

Henry van de Velde (B 1880 - 1957 CH)

Umbrella handle, ca. 1910
Silver, ivory, ebony shaft fragment, maker unknown (probably Weimar, Germany). l. 25 cm, unmarked.
Literature: Th. Föhl, A. Neumann, Raumkunst und Kunsthandwerk: Henry van de Velde, Leipzig 2009, Vol I Metallkunst, p. 83, cat. nr 1.1.95 for a version in silver and rosewood.

‘Every object is a story in itself’


Since I established myself as an independent valuer-broker in 2007 the most beautiful things passed through my hands. Entrusted to me by faithful old as well as new clients. Here you will find a selection of objects of which I think back with great fondness. Not only because of their beauty or rarity, but also because of the wonderful people and stories that came along with them.

Coard Canape sets auction record

This extraordinary ‘Canapé Gondole’ designed by Marcel Coard ca. 1925, fetched a new auction record for this French Art Deco master at Phillips’ Modern Masters sale in London on Wednesday 26th of April 2016. Estimated at 250.000 Euros, this rare piece broke the million euro barrier after eight minutes of lively bidding both in the saleroom and on the telephones. I acted as an agent on behalf of the owner of this hitherto unknown work by Coard, which was recently discovered in The Hague. www.phillips.com

G. Th. Rietveld (1888 – 1964)

A pair of ‘zigzag’ chairs, ca. 1968 Designed 1932-1934, executed by G.A. van de Groenekan for Metz & Co, Amsterdam. Solid elm with two dovetail joints and brass nuts and bolts. Purchased by the present owner at Metz & Co in 1968.
Dimensions (hxwxd) 70x50x55 cm, unmarked.
More works by Rietveld in stock from private collections. contact

C.J. (Karl) Gellings (1892 – 1959)

The world by ship, ca. 1941
Bronze with golden-brown patina and wrought iron. Unique piece, originating from the fence at the entrance of the former Dutch Shipping and Shipbuilding Institute (NISS), Rotterdam (demolished). Marked in the bronze with impressed signature. Fitted in later mahogany mount.
diam. 57 cm

Johan Polet (1894 - 1971)

Reclining nude, 1934
Bronze with dark brown patina. Edition no. unknown (two examples recorded). Marked with inscribed signature and date.
Dim. (hxl): 27x63 cm.

T.A.C. Colenbrander (1841 - 1930)

‘Woelig’, a RAM earthenware dish, 1925
Model no. 28, painted by W. Elstrodt. Marked with RAM stamp and brushed modelno.,year code and painter's monogram.
h. 9 cm, diam. 35 cm
More RAM in stock from a private collection. contact

Joseph Mendes da Costa (1863 - 1939)

‘Screaming ape’, ca. 1900
Terracotta. Marked with incised monogram
h. 19,5 cm, incl. wooden base

A Begeer silver box with De Stijl decoration

This intriguing silver box was made by Koninklijke Begeer silverworks in Utrecht in 1919. The enamel decoration clearly shows the influence of De Stijl. Never before was such an early example of this groundbreaking art movement found in silver. The private owner who inherited the box asked me to find a good destination for it. In 2013 the box was acquired by the Rijksmuseum. Unfortunately the designer is still unknown, a mystery which is yet to be unravelled. www.rijksmuseum.nl

Valdemar Engelhardt (DK 1860-1915)

Monumental porcelain vase, ca. 1895.
Unique piece, executed by Royal Copenhagen, Denmark, with later bronze mount and lid by Knut Andersen, ca. 1931. Engelhardt perfected the technique of the ‘crystalline’ glaze with which Royal Copenhagen won such acclaim at the 1900 Paris World Fair.
h. 41 cm.

Ettore Sottsass jr. (AU 1917 – 2007 IT)

‘Amaltea’, ‘Astemelusa’ & ‘Ananke’, three vases, 1986
Glass, executed by Compania Vetraria Muranese and Toso Vetri d’Arte (Astamelusa), Murano for Memphis, Milan.

Poul Kjaerholm (DK 1922 - 1980)
A suite of furniture, 1955-1960
Comprising daybed PK 80, easy chairs PK 22 and coffee table PK 61, executed by E. Kold Cristensen, Denmark. Once owned by an architect who was also a veganist, the chairs and daybed were upholstered in canvas. This is highly unusual for the daybed, which is mostly seen with a leather upholstery. Since by principle the former owner did not tolerate leather in his house, he ordered this bespoke version.

Jan Eisenloeffel (1876 - 1957)

A rare pair of sugar sifters, 1911
Silver-gilt with enamel, executed by Kon. Utrechtse Fabriek van zilverwerken C.J. Begeer. In original box.

Emile Gallé (FR 1846 - 1904)

‘Marine’ coupe, ca. 1900
Crystal with coloured enamel powders and metal inclusions, executed in own workshop. Herkomst: Provenance: Funke-Kaiser collection, Germany

René Lalique (FR 1860 - 1945)

Design drawing for the plaquette of a 'collier de chien', ca. 1901-1903
Pencil, black pen and gouache on yellow-brown oiled paper. Acquired by Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 2013.
Dim. 2,8 x 2,2 cm, not signed.

Ilmari Tapiovaara (FIN 1914 - 1999)

A rare ‘Pirkka’ sideboard, ca. 1950-1955
Executed by Laukaan Puu, Finland. Solid deal and birch with six drawers and two sliding doors with darkgreen vinyl, on ebonised base. Marked with branded mark.
Dimensions (hxwxd): 80x140x46 cm.

Jan van der Vaart (1931 - 2000)

‘Fan' vase, 1991
Stoneware with red glaze
Executed by Tichelaar Makkum in a limited edition
Signed, dated and numbered 23/50
h. 26 cm.

Jean Dunand (FR 1877 - 1942)

Two vases, ca. 1925
Patinated brass and silver-gilt, executed in own workshop.
I found this rare pair of vases in the estate of a collector with a good eye for quality. On behalf of the heirs I handled the sale at Sotheby’s New York where the vases together fetched over one hundred thousand dollars.