I always look for the X-factor when assessing a lot.
Michel Karis was brought up to love art and culture. His father is an artist and his family regularly visited museums. To continue his education, Michel chose to study art history in Leiden, with a focus on applied art. He was particularly attracted to the study of objects from daily life through the centuries, sometimes beautiful and sometimes quite ordinary. Michel was introduced to the auction world during an internship at Sotheby’s, which he found really appealing. After completing his studies he went to work at auction houses, first in Den Bosch and then in The Hague. This laid the foundations of his current expertise and the thousands of objects he came across gave him great pleasure, as did contact with various sellers and, above all, the auction itself!
It’s no surprise that Catawiki is the perfect place for Michel Karis. He loves the dynamic company, where he can work much faster than at a regular auction house. His appraiser diploma and vast experience means he can value all types of curios and antiques. Michel puts aside his own taste and instead looks for an X-factor in each object; that certain something that makes an object special. This enables him to put together varied auctions for bidders looking for something extraordinary.