Between art and kitsch: Rijksmuseum Twenthe – From tutti frutti to Delft blue – Between art and kitsch

Between Art and Kitsch / 9 January 2023

In the broadcast on Monday 9 January 2023 from Rijksmuseum Twenthe, expert Titia Reuser gets a paradise brooch on the table, expert Robert Aronson gets wildly excited about a Delft blue dish and expert Karl Stimm tells the story behind a Spanish buckle.

Tutti frutti brooch

  • Performance: Tutti frutti; leaves with berries
  • Manufacturer: unknown
  • Origin: India
  • Date: 1997
  • Material: yellow gold, emerald, ruby ​​and brilliant-cut diamond
  • Measurements: 4.5 cm in diameter

The owner bought this jewel in 1997 with his father in Mumbai at the Taj Mahal hotel. Back then, he paid 12,500 guilders for this masterpiece from the hotel shop and gave it to his wife as a gift. She thought it was a very heavy pendant and had it made into a brooch.

After the death of both parents, Mr. the jewel. He considers using the stones for two jewels for his daughters, but the goldsmith was very excited. He was advised to have the brooch appraised first.

The brooch dates from the time of the Mughals, the Islamic rulers between approximately 1500 and 1800. Expert Titia Reuser says that a lot was invested in art and culture in India at that time. The Taj Mahal was also built during that period.

The colors green and red were very important. It refers to the Prophet Muhammad’s green robe and paradise. This jewel is inspired by the ancient jewels from India. It has paradisiacal shapes and colors: green emerald-like leaves and ruby-spherical cut like berries. Recycler explains that it is called “tutti frutti.”

Cartier introduced Indian-inspired jewelry to Europe. After a trip to India, he began creating art deco style designs with tutti frutti. It became a huge hype all over Europe. Their trademark should also include blue sapphire. It is still very popular, only this piece of jewelry does not contain blue…

Delft blue dish

  • Image: stone with flowers, duck and bird
  • Creator: Jacob Wemmersz. Hoppesteyn
  • Origin: Delft (The Morianshooft)
  • Date: approx. 1670
  • Material: ceramic
  • Measurements: 34 cm diameter

The owner of this right is a collector of applied art. He got a tip that he could buy some pieces from an estate, including this dish. About thirty years ago he sold the court again. He had no room for it, and he was heartbroken anyway.

Much to his surprise, the dish came back to him when, about seven years ago, he took over some dishes from people who wanted to get rid of some things! He has many objects in display cabinets at home, but because this dish is broken, his wife does not allow it. He wants to know if it is worth restoring.

According to expert Robert Aronson, the dish is quite damaged, but it is still a fine example of Delftware based on Chinese porcelain. The label on the back is by Jacob Wemmersz. Hoppesteyn. From 1661 until his death in 1671, he owned the factory Het Morianshooft in Delft. After Hoppesteyn’s death, his wife took over and the brand remained in use until around 1680.

Hoppesteyn was the Rembrandt of the potters in Delft in the seventeenth century. The quality he has made has always been at the top of the list of rare, beautiful pieces. Only four colored objects with his mark are known to have Chinese decoration. Most of it is historical or mythological. Of the blue and white pieces, perhaps only 20 or 25 pieces are known, from bottles to teapots. ⇒ More about Delft ceramics

Spanish buckle

Belt buckle
  • Manufacturer: unknown
  • Origin: Spain
  • Date: 6-7 century AD
  • Material: bronze with almandine inlay and glass
  • Measurements: 13 cm long, 6 cm wide

The owner’s father traveled a lot for his work and often had things with him. When her parents died, this was still in their house. She remembers that it used to be under some sort of Plexiglas bell. She wants to know the story behind the buckle.

Expert Karl Stimm says it is a Visigoth clasp. The Visigoths were an East Germanic people from the Ukraine. They were nomads who moved west through the Balkans and sacked Rome in 410. Then they ended up in Spain, where the Visigothic Empire existed until about AD 700. In Spain they had more and more trouble with the Moors and were eventually driven away.

In the fourth century they converted to Christianity. You can see this on the buckle, which has Christian motifs on the side. The male warriors wore it. According to Stimm, there are many buckles: “If you had made a bit of a career, you would have had such a buckle.”

Sent on Monday 9 January 2023 at 21:20 on AVROTROS on NPO 1 (after that the broadcast can be seen again on NPO Start)


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