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Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo are considered two of the most important collectors of 17th-century Dutch Old Master painting in America. Although the couple started out collecting horse carriages, they were turned on to Dutch painting by Peter Sutton, a curator of European paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Eijk, an investment-fund manager at Chemonics, and Rose-Marie began collecting small and gradually turned their eye toward more expensive works. Their collection now includes major pieces by artists such as Rembrandt and Jacob van Ruisdael, and they are known for waiting years for the right works to fall into their hands. In particular, the van Otterloos collect landscape paintings.

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Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo

Location:
Naples, Florida

Source of wealth:
Investment fund

Collecting area:
Dutch and Flemish Old Masters painting

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Fun fact:

The couple often think hard before buying a work. In one case, they were considering a large Joost Cornelisz Droochsloot that was being deaccessioned by the MFA in Boston; after realizing a few millimeters had been cut off of the painting, however, they decided not to buy it.