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Giovanni Bottero

Expert Asian Art & Objects

Knowledge of symbolism and iconography is indispensable when judging Japanese art objects.

Giovanni Bottero's choice for studying the Japanese language and culture was not surprising. His extensive language skills, practising martial arts and his fascination with Japanese culture contributed to this. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Japanese studies, Giovanni Bottero studied in Leiden, Japan and Wisconsin. In this way, he gained experience with virtually all aspects of Japanese modern and pre-modern culture. During his work for galleries and museums in the United States, he gained his knowledge of the market.

Now, Giovanni Bottero has returned to his native Italy. From there he uses his knowledge and experience for Catawiki. As an inquisitive academic, he loves to dive into the historical context of the offered lots. This way he regularly notes important details that contribute to the depth and value of the objects. As a result, Giovanni Bottero also develops good relationships with sellers, who greatly appreciate his expertise. He hopes, together with his fellow auctioneers, to build the auction into the go-to place for buying and selling Japanese art.
  • Over 10 years of professional experience
  • Studied Japanese language and culture
  • Master's Degree in Japanese Art History
  • Specialised in Japanese pre-modern writing

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