Early modern Antwerp-based art dealers exported a variety of luxury goods across Europe and beyond. They traded locally and globally in mass-produced and unique goods of fancy, in newly produced and resold items. Our contribution examines the business models of these dealers in order to better understand the extraordinary reach of the early modern international art trade and its cultural ramifications. The Forchondt and Musson art dealing firms serve as a case study to put into context the artistic exchanges between Southern and Northern Netherlands during the second half of the seventeenth century and we reveal how their business strategies (both on a cultural and economic level) helped to overcome high levels of quality and demand uncertainty.

Antwerp, Art markets, Circuits of commerce, International trade
dx.doi.org/10.18352/dze.10123, hdl.handle.net/1765/91445
Zeventiende Eeuw
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Rasterhoff, C, & Vermeylen, F.R.R. (2015). Mediators of trade and taste. Zeventiende Eeuw (Vol. 31, pp. 138–158). doi:10.18352/dze.10123