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Between Art and Kitsch / May 25, 2022

In the broadcast on Wednesday 25 May 2022 from the singer Laren, Kitty Laméris assesses terracotta tiles used for the ceiling, Emiel Aardewerk is excited about a silver teapot and Willem Jan Hoogsteder gets a picture of a wealthy family.

terracotta tiles
  • Depiction: caricature knight figures
  • Origin: Billom, Auvergne, France
  • Date: 15.-16. century
  • Dimensions: three small: 12 cm high, 10 cm wide, large: 20 cm high, 16 cm wide

Madame’s father has collected a lot of tiles. Also blue and white 17th century tiles. He has always gathered for love. He bought at collector’s fairs in Holland. They are located throughout her parents’ house in beautiful places, it’s a small museum! In all, he bought hundreds of tiles.

Expert Kitty Laméris explains that the clay for these tiles was first pushed into a mold and then a plunger was pressed into the still wet clay to get the face. They are not glazed. Due to the relief, they are not suitable for the floor, so these tiles were used for ceilings in, for example, cathedrals, churches and chapels. Connected to Roux Cathedral.

The manufacture was made as large as possible and appropriately in the form of the tile so that the figures have large noses, ears and buns. You very rarely encounter this, in Boijmans van Beuningen there is a group. Dates and attributions of where the tiles are made range from the 12th to the 16th century, several French sites are also mentioned, but at the moment one thinks mainly of Billom (Auvergne), the late 15th and 16th centuries.

  • Presentation: Johannes Diesel and Cornelia ten Kate
  • Origin: Alkmaar
  • Maker: Johannes Petrus van Horstok
  • Date: 1816
  • Material: oil on linen
  • Measurements: 43 cm by 66 cm

The painting originates from her mother’s family and goes via genealogy back to 1674. The paintings show Johannes Diesel, born in Zutphen in 1792 and Cornelia ten Kate, born in Alkmaar in 1795. The wife also has them hanging over the sofa. Her mother always said it belonged to Pieneman.

Willem Jan Hoogsteder: These are probably portraits of Johannes Petrus van Horstok. This painter is from Alkmaar and worked for wealthy people. When you look at these portraits, you can see that the eyes are far apart and the lips are thin. It is such details that belonged to his painting, so he must have created it. If you really want to be one hundred percent sure, you need to find someone who specializes in portraits from Alkmaar. They are very nicely painted, but you can see that it is provincial. This is certainly not a painting by Pieneman, he worked much more three-dimensionally.

Johannes and Cornelia were married in 1816 in Bergen, which can be read in Alkmaar’s archives. The owner of the portraits has a letter of appointment from John that he would become a priest in January 1816. She was 21, he was 23 and they were married in December. So the order was first job, then marriage. And it was customary to have wedding portraits made. It was a wealthy family. She is in traditional dress.

You want to know the origin of the paintings, with 99 percent you no longer know. The documentation for these portraits has been preserved. But they have not let us know who the painter is.

  • Maker: Martinus van Stapele
  • Origin: The Hague
  • Date: 1766
  • Material: silver
  • Dimensions: 13 cm high, 18 cm wide

The owner likes the teapot because of its shape. Quite simple, with only the lid decorated, but it makes it look like the whole jug is decorated. Found in an antique shop, bric-à-brac, where I often go. He has been a collector for 50 years. Started during his college days. An English tin can was his first object. He was a sociology student, not born with anything about antiques. He does not care how much it is worth. The first week one thinks: ompf that was a lot. But after a week, you do not know anymore. The teapot stands in a display case at home, clearly visible. He paid 1400 euros for it almost a year ago.

Emiel Aardewerk says that this teapot is a good example of the modest Rococo in The Hague. In Amsterdam, this style is very rich and exuberant. But in The Hague, the style is more modest. The basic shape is very sober, but the style is clearly reflected in the lid. It is a kettle to make very highly concentrated tea. It actually comes with a milk jug and the water kettle, the broth. The handle is not made of silver but of wood, otherwise you burn your fingers. Martinus van Stapele is a well-known silversmith from The Hague. He was the son of Francois and he had the son Reinier, both of whom were also silversmiths in The Hague. A true silversmith dynasty.

Sent on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 20.30 on NPO 1 (then the broadcast can be seen again on NPO Start)

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