Carlo Bonte Auctions is honoured to be able to offer the collection of Mr Charles Rozenfeld.
Charles Simon Rozenfeld was born on 02.07.1943 in Sierre, Switzerland, the refuge of his parents during the Second World War.
After the war, his parents decided to restart their lives in Belgium and returned to Antwerp. After finishing his studies, Charlie attends the Antwerp Tachkemoni school and decides to pursue a career in the world of diamonds.
Besides his professional activities, Charles is active in the Antwerp sports world. He is an avid tennis player, but his interest lies even more in Karate, a sport that he practices until his forties. He is also one of the first Belgian black belt holders (2nd DAN degree) and, as such, will be a valued teacher in the Antwerp Maccabi Karate club for many years.
Through his father, an art collector, he inherits the love for art and antiques and starts building his collection, be it always well documented in advance.
His first love goes to ivory, of which he builds a very special collection of Japanese art. A collection that Carlo Bonte Auction, after official approval, will auction in autumn. After collecting ivory, Charles focuses on French 18th-century art and, later, on 18th-century Chinese porcelain, ending with Jewish art as his last collection area. Each item he purchases is subject to intense study beforehand. Through this study and the expertise gained, he acquired an impressive number of artworks.
His wife, Judith Sanderovich, whom he married in 1975, shares his interest in art. The family, his sons Laurent, Patrick, Alain, and his grandchildren are, of course, his greatest passion. But apart from his family, Charlie also invests a lot of time and affection in his social contacts. Many of his closest friends share his love for beauty, and quite a few are antique dealers.
Charles passed away on December 30, 2020. He was a special and endearing man.
With his strong and engaging personality, wisdom, and ‘Joie de Vivre, he was a source of inspiration for many.