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Nicholas Couts

Expert Antiques / Art Nouveau & Art Deco / Silver & Gold

I wanted to honour objects by valuing them.

Nicholas Couts' father was a well-known art dealer in Edinburgh and Nicholas started working in his father's shop at a young age. He noticed that maritime and scientific objects were often cataloged erroneously because nobody really knew much about them. That's why he decided to focus on this group of objects and started an auction. With great success, objects from all over the UK were sent to him to be appraised and auctioned off. Soon Sotheby's was knocking on his door and later also Christie's. He has worked for both auction houses for a few years and then established an auction house in photography techniques in Vienna. Even though this again had great success, he exchanged that experience for a chance to establish a museum in Qatar, a project that he was involved with for more than 10 years.

In the end, Nicholas Couts returned to the familiar setting of Edinburgh where he composes the maritime auctions for Catawiki and supports the curio auctions. He finds it a challenge to engage with and keep exciting the bidders, so he likes to experiment with the way he composes his auctions. Via his network, Nicholas Couts aims to create more brand awareness for Catawiki in the international market. Excellent customer service and high quality are at the top of his priority list.
  • More than 30 years' experience
  • Has worked for various auction houses, including Sotheby's and Christie's
  • Was involved in the establishment of museums and auction houses
  • Vast international network

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