As seen in The Montecito Journal, Santa Barbara, my work involves the advisory and curation of private collections centered upon, but not limited to European Old Masters. This specialization includes Spanish and Italian Renaissance and Baroque works, driven by a passion for the emotional intensity, "beautiful violence" and the mythological-religious impact of these paintings. Other areas of interest include American19th and early 20th century works; Italian Modernism, and where possible, American and Russian Impressionism. At this time I do not have an independent gallery, but I work with established dealers of excellent reputation based in Manhattan, Vienna, Madrid and Paris to tailor small, exquisite collections. These consist of known and 'unknown' great names in the history of art, with a focus on undervalued artists whose works, according to the temper of the times and the reading of the tea leaves, stand to appreciate in value.
- As a former writer-analyst of the commodities market, the historic classic gold standard and of the 'bankers' bank' traditions of pre-war Europe for two well-known American publications, I stress the critical, long-term value of art as investment as a secondary factor to the primary goal of creating a powerful aesthetic experience.
- I began in this field as a result of my work for and personal relationship with the Princely House of Liechtenstein, one of Europe's most fabled art collectors, when I lived many years in Vienna. In addition, I have a small in-house press, William Caxton & Sons Publishing LLC, based in Washington DC, through which I publish a new print journal, Christoff's Old Masters, monographs and my own literary works.