International Friends: Behind the Scenes at the Venduehuis

10 nov 2023, 14:00 - 16:30

Vermeer Meisje Met De Parel Mh670 Mauritshuis Den Haag

The International Friends of the Mauritshuis are delighted to invite you to a behind-the-scenes talk and visit at the Venduehuis, The Hague’s premier auction house. The event will be hosted in English. 

The Venduehuis has enjoyed a close association with the Mauritshuis, its most famous link going back to 1881 when the world-famous Girl with a Pearl Earring was purchased at auction for two guilders. The buyer, Meneer des Tombe, bequeathed the painting to the Mauritshuis after his death in 1902.

Valuation and painting experts from the Venduehuis will talk about the logistics of coordinating art auctions, appraising artworks and setting reserve prices, as well as the ins and outs of bidding at online and in-person auctions. On arrival, attendees will be invited to participate in a mock bidding for a secret auction. All the details will be revealed on the day. Following the talk, attendees can visit the showrooms for the preview of the upcoming Venduehuis auction, ‘Old Masters, Nineteenth Century and Early Modern Art’, which will take place on 14 November.

14:00 Arrive, tea/coffee and cake served in Silver Room (upstairs)
14:30 Talk by Venduehuis art experts
15:30 Visit to showrooms (downstairs)

The visit will take place at Venduehuis, Nobelstraat 5, in the centre of The Hague, which is easily reached via public transport (trams #1 and #17) or parking at Q-Park Torengarage. 

The cost to attend, including tea/coffee and cake, will be €10 for Friends and €15 for guests. 

To reserve places for the Venduehuis Visit, please email by Monday 6 November with the names of the people for whom you wish to reserve places. Confirmation details will be sent to you along with payment information.