Christine Barrat

Auctioneer Curio / Gemstones

An object becomes even more beautiful when you know the story behind it.

Christine Barrat

Christine Barrat is like a modern day Indiana Jones. Always looking for adventure, and hunting for new treasures and experiences throughout Europe and Asia. Not surprising, given her childhood surrounded by collectors and artistic family members. They brought the craziest things home that they acquired during their travels, from mummified cats to strange stones. As a 10-year-old girl, she spent hours examining the stones under a microscope with her brother, who has become a renowned geochemist. Christine took the artistic route and paid for her studies by selling gems and antiques that she’d found at markets. She used these skills to train to become a Doctor of Arts and Culture. She crossed all of Europe and much of the world for her work developing art programmes. She also set up her own jewellery business and gave lessons in art. Now she uses the network and life experience that she has built up as a Catawiki auctioneer.

Christine thinks that the story behind an object is what really matters: lovely works of art and jewels become even more beautiful. She places a great deal of importance on tracing the background of her auction items, and regularly approaches the artists herself. It is this care and attention to detail that make her auctions so special.