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Over 50 years of experience

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Our expertise and in-depth knowledge, are combined with an exceptionally high-level of research, advice and service. As a small family business, we really believe in the importance of providing a bespoke service with a very personal touch.

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Spring Forward 2022

Published on 04 April 2022

After a really wonderful gallery exhibition last month, lauching this year’s catalogue Sanjiao, we are pleased that finally various events can take place in the coming months. We will kick off in April with Art Affair Amsterdam (7-10 April). It runs simultaneously with the online fair The DAAF. TEFAF Maastricht will now finally take place 25-30 June (preview 24 June). 

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Sanjiao

Published on 03 March 2022

The Three Teachings, or Three Teachings in Harmony (三敎合一 Sānjiào Héyī), refer to the three main beliefs in China: Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism. To this day they co-exist in harmony, often practised simultaneously, even overlapping in certain areas. Together they reflect the long history, mutual influence and even complementary teaching of these belief systems. Each practice has dominated or risen to favour during certain periods of time. Chinese emperors sometimes preferred one of the teachings and the others would temporarily fall out of favour, but re-emerge again at a later date. One of the earliest references to this Trinitarian idea is attributed to Li Shiqian, a 6th century scholar, who wrote that “Buddhism is the sun, Daoism the moon, and Confucianism the five planets.” – meaning they are separate entities but coexist in harmony.

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Discover the beauty of Oriental art in all our catalogues

Each catalogue is carefully made and dedicated to a specific type, period or collection of the finest Chinese artwork.

Dining Room Transition

We transformed our former 'Red Room' into a beautiful contemporary dining room. When Chinese Art meets Interior you can create magic!

Vanderven history

Over 50 years of experience

In the last 50 years we have earnt an excellent reputation, on which existing and new clients can rely. Now, with the second generation at the helm, we have built up a broad and varied collection with an extensive and reliable worldwide network in which we source our works. The variety of objects is just immense – which never fails to surprise and encourage us. .

It's the team effort that transforms an artwork in a Vanderven object.

The company is run by a small but expert team of three. Each one of us has it's own expertise with one passion we all share: Chinese art.

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