About us

Meet the team behind the company!

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Who are we?

The company is run by a small but expert team of three. Director Floris van der Ven joined the business in 1996 and took over from his aunt and uncle in 2012. This has ensured continuity and further development of our firm. As an art historian, Nynke van der Ven is responsible for the in-depth research, study of the collection and writing the catalogues. She regularly attends courses and seminars to keep up to date with the latest studies and research. The team is supported by our office manager, who is in charge of the everyday operation of the gallery - ensuring that everything runs like clockwork. We are also surrounded by a great network of top specialists - shippers, restorers and designers - who all help us in bring the quality we aim for.

Floris van der Ven

Floris van der Ven (1966), joined his aunt and uncle at Vanderven Oriental Art in 1993, after several  international traineeships with renowned dealers Neuse (Bremen), Kugel (Paris) and Spink’s (London). In 1990 he also completed a Fine Arts course at the V&A in London. Since 2007 he has been in charge of the daily running of the business, taking over the ownership in 2012. He is on the advisory board of the Royal Dutch Oriental Art Society (KVVAK) and  regularly requested as an independent specialist appraiser and consultant for Chinese art. Floris is committed to growing the business in quality and diversity, whilst following his heart in doing what he is truly passionate about.

Nynke van der Ven

Nynke van der Ven – van Wyngaarden, MA (1968) went to school in England, going on to graduate in History of Art at Leiden University - writing a thesis on early interiors. After having worked in communication and events, she went to work alongside Floris in 2005. In 2012 she re-focussed on the academic aspect of the business, researching and writing the scholarly catalogues, as well regularly following various   diploma courses (SOAS / V&A / Attingham Trust). She is on the board of the Dutch Antique Dealers Association (KVHOK) and is on a mission to reignite the love antique objects amongst the younger generations, as well as promoting the use of real antiques in our interiors.

Vita Naessens

Vita Naessens (1993) joined our company in 2023. She has a master's degree in Art History and is, as our office manager, the linchpin of our company. She keeps everything running smoothly whether we are in the office, at fairs or travelling.

"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work"



The Oriental Ceramics Society, London, UK | The Asian Art Society in The Netherlands (VVAK) | The Royal Dutch Antique Dealers Association (KVHOK) |   Member of the Advisory Board for the Fine Art Asia Fair, Hong Kong | Member of the Advisory Board for the Asian Art Society, The Netherlands | Member of the Board, Dutch Antique Dealers Association |