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John Bolt

Expert Curio / Design / Posters

“When furnishing your house, it’s great to be playful with different styles and combinations.”

While John Bolt made a career for himself in the hospitality sector, he always loved rummaging around flea markets and curio shops. When he took a break to travel around the world, John realised he was ready to pursue a new career. Back in the Netherlands, he opened his own shop specialising in Indonesian furniture from the colonial times. For lighting his shop, John Bolt used Dutch design lamps he picked up from markets across the country. When the lamps began selling better than his furniture, he started researching mid-century Dutch design. He soon became an expert in this field, doing business through the internet, his own shop and international fairs.

After running his business for more than twenty years, John Bolt is ready to apply his knowledge as an expert at Catawiki. He tends to the design furniture and lamps auctions, making sure only authentic pieces make the cut. Luckily, John just loves doing research, perusing his personal library of collected articles and notes. This regularly results in debunking popular internet myths about designers and objects attributed to them. This way, John Bolt does what he loves best: appraising interesting items and learning more about them every day.
  • 20+ years of experience
  • Independent business owner
  • Vast trading experience

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