Between Art and Kitsch: Liberation Museum – Valuable Art – Between Art and Kitsch

In the broadcast on Wednesday 8 June 2022 from the Liberation Museum Zeeland, Titia Reuser sheds light on a wonderful birthday present, Willem de Winter can admire a painting by Johannes Akkeringa and Esther Aardewerk tells more about a silver corkscrew from the eighteenth century.

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  • Producer: Tiffany & Co
  • Origin: America
  • Date: 1910
  • Materials: Platinum, Brilliant
  • Dimensions: about 18 cm

The lady turned 50 and got this jewel from her husband. She wanted something special for her birthday. She wanted a diamond bracelet “I’m a little spoiled,” she says. Sir. and madam have started looking together on Ebay. And then they came across this bracelet from Tiffany & Co. The seller was a merchant from America. He sent it and the package was delivered to the neighbors. It was all pretty exciting if it actually came.

Mrs. loves Art Deco a lot. According to her, it is timeless and coming back in fashion. She had the lock changed because it broke pretty quickly after she got the bracelet from her husband. Sir. and Mrs. would make sure this was a Tiffany & Co bracelet. Therefore, they went to Paris with a photo of the bracelet and showed it in the Tiffany & Co store. The salesman did not seem like an expert, but could tell that it was actually a Tiffany & Co from the 1920s.

Still, Mr. and Mrs. really want to be safe …

According to expert Titia Reuser, it is a typical art deco bracelet. It can be seen in the old cuts and style. The bracelet is made of platinum and not stamped, but it is signed. The buckle and safety chain are not authentic. The bracelet is nicely shaped, the joints are a little hollow at the bottom, so the bracelet forms nicely on the wrist. This is also an authentic Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co is known for its brilliant work, as you can see from the quality of the stones, even small stones are of good quality. There is no saving on costs. It suits such large jewelry stores.

  • Presentation: Mother with daughter in green garden
  • Maker: Johannes Evert Hendrik Akkeringa (1861-1942)
  • Origin: The Netherlands
  • Date: around 1900
  • Material: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 40 x 40 cm

The painting has always hung in the owner’s home. Unfortunately, she does not know how her parents got it. The wife always thought it was such a sweet painting and her mother knew it, so when the inheritance was changed it said that it should be left to the wife. It’s been hanging in my wife’s living room for 3 years now. The lady had it repaired because she suspected there were smoke deposits on it. It has therefore been refurbished, but less than the lady had hoped. She did not get the painting assessed.

The lady thinks it’s a Van Ekeren, she’s always been told that. The restaurateur even regretted a restoration price agreement. If she had known it was a Van Ekeren, she would have asked for more for restoration. Madam would like to know what the value is.

According to Willem de Winter, it is a painting by the painter Johannes Evert Hendrik Akkeringa. This one was born in Indonesia. He is best known for paintings of beach scenes, net hangers, floral still lifes and intimate tea hours with people in green surroundings. That is the case here. A mother and daughter cooking together at a table in a green garden.

Johannes Evert Hendrik Akkeringa was the son of a Dutch father and a Chinese-Javanese mother. And because his father died at a young age, Akkeringa traveled to The Hague early. There he went to the academy and became friends with contemporaries such as Willem de Zwart, Floris Verster, Marius Bauer and Isaac Israels. Akkeringa liked to go outside to work.

silver corkscrew
  • Image: top: tub, sides: bucket tool
  • Origin: The Netherlands
  • Date: 1769
  • Material: silver
  • Measurements: 9 cm high, 6 cm wide

It’s from wife’s father. He got it from an inheritance from a great-uncle. It stands in a closet among all the other silverware.

The letters JTDV are on the corkscrew: Jan Thijszoon de Vries, who was the owner of this corkscrew. He was whaling, came from Wormerveer, and he also had a cooper house. Barrels of wood and willow were made there. For example, wine and beer were transported, but also fresh drinking water and oil. These barrels or ‘tubs’ were important for shipping. They were also used for whaling to preserve fish. In a barrel went a layer of fish, then a layer of salt, then again a late fish and so on.

All kinds of bucket tools are depicted on the sides of the corkscrew, such as hangers (arrow twigs that were put around barrels). The special thing about this corkscrew is that a lot of filigree silver has been used. It’s unique, this is the first eighteenth-century filigree corkscrew that Esther Pottery sees. Filigrain is a technique in which a silver wire is pulled thinner and thinner, then twisted and then very carefully soldered together.

Unfortunately, the screw thread has been changed so that the value of the corkscrew is halved.

Sent on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 20.30 on NPO 1 (then the broadcast can be seen again on NPO Start)

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