Between art and kitsch: different museums Episode 1 – luxury consumables – Between art and kitsch

Between Art and Kitsch / June 15, 2022

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 Fred Kats knows exactly what time it is when he sees an antique clock from various museums, Jaap Polak tries when he sees a saliva barrel and a fox, and Robert Aronson wins when he sees no fewer end sex Zoutman plates.

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spitting and waving
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  • Origin: China, Ch’ing te Chen in Kiangsi Province
  • Date: 960-1368
  • Material: Porcelain
  • Dimensions: spatula: 19 cm diameter, 13 cm high, waving; 16 cm high 18 cm wide

Madame lived because of his work for a long time with her husband in the Far East, in Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, etc. She lived with him there for a long time, but at one point took back for some time for the children. Now they live together again in Holland.

Her husband is a collector and has probably bought these two items in Manila. Merchants came to the door with a bag full of porcelain, they often bought something, also to make the merchant’s family happy. It was also a sport, social pastime, they would knock on your door at the weekend if they knew you were home. Her husband was very good at ‘tawarren’ and negotiating for hours.

Jaap Polak: ‘This type of porcelain has two names: Ching Pai (bluish white) or Ying Ching, shade blue. It is much loved. It was not made for the emperor, but more for the rich bourgeoisie. These are very luxurious consumer goods. The jug was used for wine and the spittoon was used to spit chewing tobacco in. The underside of the spittoon is in the shape of a lotus, a sign of purity and beauty. Chinese gods are therefore often depicted on a lotus pillow. ‘

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wall or table clock in wooden cabinet
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  • Image: dial with a coat of arms flanked by two lions below
  • Maker: Johannes van Ceulen (died 1715)
  • Origin: The Hague
  • Date: about 1680
  • Material: gilded bronze, velvet dial, oak box glued with ebony, inside lined with padauk wood
  • Measurements: 46 cm high, 30 cm wide, 15 cm deep

The watch belongs to two sisters and their brother. He comes from their father’s family. He was always with grandparents and later with their parents. He always tapped. Now the parents are dead, everything is shared, but they think this watch is valuable, so they would like it assessed. Such a watch they saw at an auction in 2018 for 21,000 euros, namely … They never noticed the family coat of arms, nor do they know who it is.

Fred Kats: ‘This is a watch from The Hague. It is a common name, a symbol of the very first pendulums. They usually have a velvet-lined dial and an ebony-veneered case. The first pendulum clock was invented by Christiaan Huygens in 1657, which significantly improved the accuracy of the time indication. They proudly wrote every minute down on the clock, because after Huygens one could see the time exactly on the minute. Before that, the clocks went on for half an hour a day. The precision gain was enormous.

Van Ceulen was one of the well-known manufacturers of watches in The Hague. He also made watches for Christiaan Huygens. Characteristic of a watch from The Hague is a rather simple, sober look. But this one has a beautifully crafted family crest at the bottom, which is quite unusual. The coat of arms probably belongs to the genus Kanter. We can assume that this family commissioned Johannes Van Ceulen to make this watch. The coat of arms is flanked by two lions and above it is an armor in sumptuous ornamentation. ‘

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six plates with ship and flag Zoutman
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  • Image: Dutch ship ‘Zoutman glory achieves its victory 1782’
  • Origin: Delft
  • Date: 1782
  • Material: ceramic
  • Dimensions: 23 cm diameter

The plates come from an inheritance from great-great-great-uncle. The wife moved last year to an old house with a nice display cabinet and then she got them from her parents. They are now on display in the showcase. They are still looking for standards to set the plates upright.

Robert Aronson says that these are so-called ‘Saltman records’. A series of six is ​​very special, sometimes you come across them separately. Pictured on it is the ship with the flag on the stern named Johan Zoutman, commander of the Dutch navy in the eighteenth century. He entered the service as a 12-year-old.

His name is inextricably linked with the Battle of Dogger Bank. It is a large sandbank between England and Holland on the North Sea. The Americans had just declared independence from England with the War of Independence. The French and Dutch acknowledged this, but the English apparently did not. As a result, England declared war on the Netherlands, culminating in a battle, the Battle of Dogger Bank. There Zoutman fought to defend a merchant navy and was attacked by the navy by the English Sir Hyde Parker. After a fierce battle, Zoutman pushed the English back, but it was at the expense of 240 dead and more than 400 wounded on the Dutch side. Despite this, Zoutman was considered a hero in Holland. The Netherlands was the second country to recognize the United States.

These signs are made as a reminder of the match. It could have been made after an example of a print. With Delft ceramics, we always look to the Far East and trade with China. But the Zoutman records refer to something that happened nearby. That makes it very special. They are still in good condition.

Sent on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 20.30 on NPO 1 (then the broadcast can be seen again on NPO Start)

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