The history of Floris van Wanroij Fine Art goes back about a decade. In 1999 Martijn and Floris van Wanroij founded De Borgia Art & Antiques, which was primarily aimed at selling antiques and decorative arts. Notable clients included a Canadian Museum of Art; the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia; the Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State and various private collectors is Europe and The Americas. In 2008, De Borgia Art & Antiques was transformed into Floris van Wanroij Fine Art, an art dealership specializing in Dutch Old Master Paintings, European Sculpture and early Works of Art.
Floris van Wanroij started collecting art and antiques at a very young age, in which he was very much supported by his family. He studied at the Department of Arts and Culture of Maastricht University, where he passed both his Bacholar of Arts and his Master of Philosophy cum laude (with distinction). As part of his M.Phil education, he worked as a research assistant at Cornell University, Ithaca NY, US. For his master thesis on Religious Art, he was awarded the Studentenprijs 2007 for excellent academic research by the Stichting Wetenschapsbeoefening UM. After having worked as a specialist at the painting department of an auction house in Amsterdam, Floris van Wanroij decided to start his own art dealership. He is actively backed by his family and an extensive network of specialists, connoisseurs and professional restores.
Floris van Wanroij Fine Art specializes in Western European Art, mainly Dutch Old Master Paintings, early European Sculptures and Works of Art. Notable discoveries in the past have been the portrait of the Reverend Gerard Sandifort by Aert Schouman (Dordrecht, 1710 – The Hague, 1792) and the very rare Gothic dug-out coffer. Floris van Wanroij Fine Art aims to assemble a collection comprising pieces of high quality, art historic importance or rarity, or which possess great aesthetic beauty. We present our unique collection at several (inter)national art fairs in The Netherlands and Abroad. (Please visit ‘Exhibitions’ for further details.)
While Floris van Wanroij is primarily active as an art dealer, he also writes publications (on the history of art and culture and on individual artist), conducts art historic research and gives lectures.