Between Art and Kitsch: Various Museums 2 – Monk work and a nest egg – Between Art and Kitsch

Between Art and Kitsch / 30 January 2023

In the broadcast of Between Art and Kitsch from Monday 30 January 2023 from, among others, the Kunstmuseum Den Haag and the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Jaap Polak discusses the soul in a special crisis, Pieter Jorissen gets a real Klinkeberg on the table and Emilie Pottery silver miniatures for the enthusiast.

The soul of the crisis

  • Origin: Central Java
  • Date: 1875-1900
  • Material: Kris: ivory handle, mendak: gold with diamond, pendok (sheath): wood, kaju palette, sheath lined with gold
  • Dimensions: 48 x 16 cm

Mister has traded the crisis with another collector. He himself has been a starter collector for about five years. He has been collecting paintings from Indonesia for some time and specializes in them. His father and grandfather were born in the Dutch East Indies, his father once brought a crisis. It fascinated him. He now has twenty and is laughed at by other collectors who have many more.

Jaap Polak: Kriss is about the soul of the crisis, which sits on the blade. There is a drawing made by the blacksmith. The blacksmith has applied a motif to the blade, the knife part, which is called the pamore. The pamor is made of molten iron and nickel-containing iron. It is not engraved or painted, but actually forged into it. This pamor is called korowelang (obstacles overcome).

The shape of the ivory handle is typical of Central Java. Two kala heads (monster heads) are carved into the ivory handle. The mendak is a piece between the iron blade and the handle. The sheath’s boat is made of kajupalet, which is a sacred type of wood. The inner sheath is made of wood and lined with pure gold. The gold is decorated with mountain motifs (meru) and various birds, including a peacock, in repoussé and engraving techniques. The blade and the knife’s charm are the most important part of the crisis. Such a crisis was really used.

There is now a new development; in the future, ivory can no longer be traded in the EU. It will have a very negative impact on the value.

A real Klinkenberg

  • Presentation: The lock in Hoorn
  • Creator: Johannes Klinkenberg
  • Origin: Horn
  • Date: 1900-1910
  • Material: oil paint on linen canvas glued to panel
  • Dimensions: 59 cm high, 77 cm wide

The lady received this painting from her grandmother when she got married, as a nest egg. She was her goddaughter. Her grandmother thought it was worth a lot. If the lady looks at it, she has grandma with her. She also went once to Hoorn to see the place where it was painted. She knows it’s the Bossu houses and that one of the Klinkenbergs painted it. She has been to an appraiser before and they said it was fake. But the lady doesn’t agree with that.

And that turns out to be a good thing. Because it is a real Klinkenberg, says Pieter Jorissen. The painting was painted between 1900 and 1910, at the lock in Hoorn. Johannes Klinkenberg was a Dutch city painter specializing in photographic urban landscapes. You can count the stones on most of his paintings. Klinkenberg also did many preliminary studies. When he died in 1924, his studio was auctioned off at Mak in Dordrecht.

A number of art dealers carried out these surveys themselves, and it is indeed a shame. These preliminary studies are in high demand these days because in these quickly produced paintings you really see how modern and skilled he was. Klinkenberg painted such a study in a few hours. He started in the morning and finished before noon.

Klinkenberg traveled around the Netherlands by train and sometimes also took the barge. He conquered the Netherlands when the city gates and slums were still there. Klinkenberg’s paintings are therefore also very valuable as historical documents.

The painting is very dirty and Pieter Jorissen is very happy about that, because no one has damaged the painting through an incorrect restoration. But it is in dire need of cleaning. And it needs a new list. Then the value doubles.

Entry model silver

Various miniatures
  • Manufacturer: various Amsterdam silversmiths (Van Geffen, Somerwil, Villelle)
  • Origin: The Netherlands
  • Date: Mostly made before 1734 (wagon 1749) (jug 1762)
  • Material: silver

Sir got most of it from his father, from the estate. He also bought something himself, such as the basket. It is not stamped and he guessed it. He paid 100 euros for that basket in an antique shop at the time. He found the vase at the flea market and paid 70 euros for it. He is a goldsmith himself and has also made jewellery. He knows how difficult it is and how labor-intensive this manual work is. He has been a lover of antiques since he was twenty.

He now wants to know the value because he turns 80 in September and his children are not keen to inherit his collection. He doesn’t want it for a buyer, but for an enthusiast.

Emiel Pottery says that the miniatures were made by various Amsterdam silversmiths who specialized in making miniature silver, in the days when silver coins were still remelted to make these kinds of miniatures. He says that the basket is woven from silver thread, very careful work. The miniatures are different in size, intended for different types of dollhouses. The frying pan is an entry-level model. ⇒ more about dollhouses and miniature silver

Sent on Monday 30 January 2023 at 21:30 on NPO 1 (after that the broadcast can be seen again on NPO Start)

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