6 x the best thrift finds from Between Art and Kitsch – Between Art and Kitsch

Between Art and Kitsch / 16 January 2023

Have you ever bought a gem at the thrift store that you think or hope is worth a lot? The chances may be slim, but these examples from Between Art and Kitsch prove that it is possible!

1. A big surprise

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In Between Art and Kitsch from museum de Lakenhal (December 19, 2022) a couple comes with a sign to expert Tom Angevaren. They have pre-purchased the sign with the VOC logo 1 euro at the cycle.

The blue on the sign is very dark and the white is not so nice. Based on this, Angvaren can conclude that it is in any case not Chinese porcelain. It was made in Arita (Japan) for the VOC in the late 17th century.

‘These boards have always been extremely valuable,’ says Angevaren. Therefore, they are often imitated. But with the fake plates the blue is much brighter. So this is a real one! Furthermore, the sign is in very good condition, which is why he assesses its value 4,000 euros.

2. A fiercely attractive painting

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How can such a painting be in a thrift store, thought the current owner of the work. He visits many thrift stores looking for special items and pre-purchases this painting 75 euros.

In Between Art and Kitsch from Castle Ruurlo (January 30, 2019), expert Willem de Winter’s eyes start to sparkle when he sees the work. De Winter says he has never come across a painting by this painter so ‘in the wild’ in the 35 years he has been assessing it. He knows how to hang one in the Kröller-Müller Museum…

The work is by the painter Johannes Aarts from The Hague. He is known as a graphic artist. Paintings by him are very rare and his dotted paintings are extremely rare. Therefore, the value is estimated at 10,000 euros.

3. Find a pearl in the dung cellar

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This figure from Tibet will be seen by expert Wim Bouwman in Between Art and Kitsch from museum Het Valkhof (January 20, 2021). It is a Bodhisattva Amitayus from the second half of the 18th century.

You can recognize a Bodhisattva on a five-leaf crown. Amitayus is the god of transcendent knowledge and longevity. She holds a vase with the elixir of eternal life between her hands.

The owner found the Bodhisattva in a circle 3 euros. “Then you have done very well,” says Bouman. If the owner were to buy such a statue somewhere, she would definitely pay for it 4,000 euros to.

4. Crow heads from China

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The owner bought these bowls as a set 2 euros at the cycle. In Between Art and Kitsch from Bonnefanten (October 30, 2019), expert Joseph Estié explains that the bowls come from China and were transported to the Netherlands with one of the first shipments of porcelain from the VOC.

They date from the late Ming period. The porcelain is thin and is also called Wangli or kraak porcelain. Because of the images of birds on the bowls, they are also popularly known as ‘crow heads’. Joseph Estié evaluates the couple 6,000 euros.

5. Pure as silver

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Browsing thrift stores is the favorite activity of the owner of these candlesticks. Just before closing time, he found both parts in a thrift store 3 euros each, completely black and poorly maintained. After cleaning, beautiful candlesticks appeared.

Expert Rob Driessen talks in Between Art and Kitsch from Museum MORE (March 18, 2020) about the style of the candlesticks: the style of the space age. A style that the most important Dutch industrial designer, Gijs Bakker, used for a time for his world-famous jewelry, which he made together with his wife Elly van Leersum.

He also applied this style to the tableware of Van Kempen & Begeer, where he worked in the early 1960s. These candlesticks were made in that period and according to Driessen 600 euros worth every.

6. The pinnacle of Dutch Art Nouveau

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The lady saw this vase from the back of the thrift store. She immediately fell in love with the shape. When she turned it over, she also saw the beautiful monkeys. She goes to the thrift store about once a month and sometimes buys something. The vase cost 12.50 euros.

Between art and kitsch expert Rob Driessen knows what to do with it (15 Apr 2020). The simplicity of form and decoration is a fine example of typical Dutch New Art from around 1900. This was the height of Dutch Art Nouveau. The typical Dutch coarse river clay is inlaid with very finely cut white clay.

It was probably made by Chris van der Hoef, who was chief designer for Amstelhoek after 1900. The use of animals, the styling, the humor all point to his hand. Driessen values ​​the vase at a value of 4,500 euros.

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