Memberships & Participations
The need for independent Dutch art & antique dealers to be part of a professional organization and proclaim their unique knowledge became particularly apparent in the beginning of the 20th century. World politics, two European wars and their economic consequences weakened the independence of every erudite art dealer. In 1912 one of our family members became a founding father of what later became known as the Koninklijke Vereeniging van Handelaren in Oude Kunst in Nederland (the Dutch Association of Dealers in Art and Antiques)
Delft Arts and Antiques Fair
The next step was to organize joint selling exhibitions for works of art and attract a large public to support our commercial businesses. The answer to these wishes was and still is the art fairs. Again it was Evert Douwes (VI) to participate in 1948 at the first Delft Art and Antiques Fair. For forty years this quality art fair was thriving at the beautiful location of the present art museum in the city of Delft.
Meanwhile, ideas for an annual international fair developed and in 1975 Evert Douwes Sr (VII) was one of three founding members to inaugurate the very first European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, now known as the TEFAF. During the past thirty years it has grown into the world's finest quality art and antiques fair. Every March it hosts over two hundred of the world's best known dealers in their own field of expertise and it attracts collectors, museum curators and connoisseurs from all over the globe.
In the spirit of the TEFAF success, six Dutch art and antique dealers initiated a new and unique concept for a Dutch national fair in 1986. Again Douwes Fine Art was one of these six founders. They selected a knowledgeable and mixed group of professional dealers to become shareholders of the most prestigious Dutch art and antiques fair called "Pictura Antiquairs Nationaal" known as the PAN Fair. A few years after its successful start, the Delft Art and Antiques Fair joined the PAN Fair, thus ensuring it to be the largest and most important Dutch art fair to date. They felt that such a large fair should preferably take place in the capital, Amsterdam. Every autumn it hosts over one hundred mainly Dutch art dealers, covering all disciplines and periods of art history.
Held in Spring every year, Art Breda is a young and inspiring fair, hosting mainly Dutch dealers in classic art and antiques as well as contemporary art, design and photography.
Art Nocturne Knokke
takes place in August, and a such is an important summer fair on the coast of Knokke, the 'St.Tropez' of Belgium. This nocturnal Fair, offers style and quality for all ages. Art Nocturne Knocke means experiencing art while enjoying a summer at sea.
... and more fairs:
Douwes Fine Art has taken part in various other important international art fairs, such as the Biennale in Florence (1963), Biennale in Paris (1977), Burlington Fine Art Fair in London (from 1978), the Grosvenor House Art Fair in London (from 1982), the Dutch Art Exhibition at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York (1982 and 1983), Kunst-Messe München (from 2008) and now Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong (2014).
Amsterdam: Het Spiegelkwartier
Locally, Douwes Fine Art is a member of the active organisation of the Amsterdam art & Antiques quarter 'Het Spiegelkwartier', at the foot of the Rijksmuseum.
The Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD)
For over 30 years, our Douwes Fine Art London branch has been a member of first the British Art Dealers Association and now the Society of London Art Dealers.
CINOA is the umbrella organisation for recognized national associations for art and antique dealers. Its aim is to encourage contact and professional relations between the top echelon of dealers, their chambers of commerce and their governments, worldwide. Since its foundation in 1935, Douwes Fine Art has been a member. (Confédération Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d'Art)