210 years and counting: Venduehuis der Notarissen continues to lead the way in auction-house innovation
February 8, 2023
Venduehuis der Notarissen is one of the world’s most highly respected auction houses. Based at The Hague in the Netherlands, it has been responsible for the sale of some of art’s most famous and important pieces over the course of its 210 year history. Whether it is the sale of the “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Johannes Vermeer in 1881 or the spectacular Panorama Mesdag by Hendrik Willem Mesdag, Venduehuis has been the stage for art and collectors to come together.
Founded during the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte when the Kingdom of Holland was subject to French law, the institution has endured for more than two centuries. Today, it remains the only auction house in The Netherlands still owned by the local association of notaries. However, its clientele stretches far beyond The Hague with a range of national and international clients regularly bidding from across 80 countries – through both live and online auctions.
Innovation, excellence and a new auction management software solution
Steeped in history, Venduehuis der Notarissen is nevertheless an institution that is forward-thinking and moves with the times. Indeed, it recently posted this to social media during the celebration of its 210th year:
“We are proud to be a modern auction house that attributes its success not only to the consistent high quality of art objects on offer, but also to our strong eagerness to innovate, the expertise of our knowledgeable art specialists, and the trusting relationships with our clients.”
Nowhere is this progressive approach clearer than in the auction house’s latest digital project with Artisio AMS.
In September 2022, Venduehuis identified the need for a new front-to-back auction management software to replace its existing legacy system. In an increasingly digital world, the team at Venduehuis recognised that an integrated software solution was essential to provide a seamless user journey for their clients. From initial engagement to sale registration to transfer of funds, every step of the auction process has to be intuitive and easy, in order to meet the needs of online collectors and buyers.
From this brief the Artisio AMS team has set about building and configuring a solution designed to manage front-to-back sales management processes, handle online payments and manage inventory. In addition, the new auction management software solution must have the capabilities to support the hosting of webcasts and timed auctions, as well as integrate 3rd party accounting systems and marketing tools.
The completed solution is set for completion and delivery in early 2023, incorporating all of Venduehuis’s historical data and imagery as a valuable archive of assets.
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