As a general antiques dealer Hoogendijk offers a comprehensive collection. Oriental porcelain, Delftware, silver, glass, tapestries, paintings and objets d'art.
For over 28 years the late 19th-century countryhouse "t Benthuys” in Baarn was the atmosphere in which Pieter Hoogendijk presented his collection of art and antiques. In May 2007 he relocated to a modern building in Naarden, a functional setting for his collection of mainly 18th century French and Dutch veneered furniture. Over the years he has traded some of the richest Dutch pieces of furniture from the 18th century by the hand of the Amsterdam Cabinet maker Andries Bongen and his The Hague colleague, Matthijs Horrix. As a general antiques dealer Hoogendijk offers a comprehensive collection. Oriental porcelain, Delftware, silver, glass, tapestries, paintings and objets d'art. Additionally he has been fascinated by Eastern and European lacquer work since an early age.
In 1977 he started his business as an antiques dealer with his own restoration workshop. He likes to return the pieces of furniture to its original state the best as possible, authenticity is his top priority. The profession of restorer is difficult to learn and specialists don’t like to give away their secrets easily . When he was in his twenties he joined Claude Bonnal in Paris to become a furniture restorer where he stayed for two years, the best place imaginable in this area. During his stay in Paris he studied at the École du Louvre as well. He then went to London were he completed the Works of Art Course at Sotheby’s. After that Hoogendijk was employed by an auction house in Zurich and in 1976 he became a qualified furniture expert and general appraiser. He is registered with the Federation of Registered valuers/appraisers, brokers and auctioneers in movable goods (Federatie TMV) under registration number 99/153 and as such certified according to the European Standard EN-45013, under registration number R19633. So far the only person/specialist in The Netherlands who may call himself ‘Furniture expert’.
The list of museums and private collections that Hoogendijk enriched with masterpieces is as impressive as diverse: a silver tazza by Christiaen van Vianen, a painting with a religious representation of Jean-Léon Gérôme and a Japanese lacquer coffer which is now is the collection of the Groninger Museum. His sales to the Royal Museum Het Loo include two side tables and a set of seven 17th-century tapestries with mythological hunting scenes. Recently, the Rijksmuseum acquired a highly unusual and large Dutch Louis XV cabinet which came from Hoogendijks collection.
Pieter Hoogendijk was among the select group of six antique and art dealers who took the plunge over the ocean in 1982 and set up a fair at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, Fine Arts or The Netherlands. He further exhibited in Delft, at PAN Amsterdam, TEFAF and various exhibitions in London, Paris and The USA like the San Francisco Fall Antiques show.
Hoogendijk has been part of the board of trustees of TEFAF for eight years. He has served on the Board of Experts and is member of the Federation of Appraisers, Brokers and Auctioneers in Movable Property (Federatie TMV). From 1997 to 2009, he was president of the Dutch Antiques dealers association (KVHOK), of which he has been a member since 1982. He is a board-member and between 2012 and 2016 he was President of the International Confederation of Négociants and Oeuvres d'Art (CINOA). The global federation of International Art and Antiques dealer associations which represented a total of 5,000 dealers from 32 associations in 22 countries. Member of the French Antiques dealers association (SNA).