Saturday, November 25, 2017

Sidharta FIne Art Auction 10 December 2017:Property of the late Haryono Haryoguritno (lots #018-040)

Haryono Haryoguritno (Temanggung, C. Java, 26 January 1932- Jakarta, 13 March 2017) was known as a world expert in traditional keris and his contribution to this resulted in the Indonesian Keris being recognised as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005. In 2008, the Indonesian Keris was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. His own book, Keris Jawa, Antara Mistik dan Nalar, was published in 2007.

Haryono had had many interesting professions during his long and colourful life. To name a few, he was once an adjutant to President Soekarno, a naval officer, a teacher, a journalist, a mechanical engineer by training, but underneath it all, he was fundamentally an artist, an interior designer and a cultural ambassador by profession and at heart. He designed among others, the grand ballroom of Nusa Dua Hotel in Bali, the lobby of Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta (before the renovation) and created the perfect miniature of Borobudur temple up to its minuscule detail, which currently is still displayed in the garden of Borobudur Hotel. For his services in the field of culture, he was awarded the Satya Lancana Kebudayaan medal for culture by President of Indonesia, the Manusia Dwija title by the Surabaya Arts Education Foundation of Surabaya, the Gold Service Medal from the Javanese Culture Institute Centre of Surakarta, and many other awards.
Throughout his adult life, Haryono had been an avid and passionate collector of arts in various forms (paintings, sculptures, statues), cultural objects and antiques). His passion for art and culture (which has started since childhood), his interaction and introduction to famous painters and artists during his tenure as President Soekarno's adjutant, added with his own perfectionist eye for detail, expert craftsmanship and sophisticated taste for beauty have resulted in an impressive, fascinating and most varied collections of arts.  

Sidharta Auctioneer is honoured to feature a selection of his painting collections here.  His other collections will be presented in our upcoming auctions next year.

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Sidharta FIne Art Auction 10 December 2017 | Paratroopers boarding the Hercules by Trubus Soedarsono (lot #135)

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 Paratroopers Boarding the Hercules by Trubus Soedarsono (lot #135)

In 1958, Allan Pope, an American civilian pilot suspected to be working for the CIA in support of the Permesta rebellion, was shot down, He was captured, taken into custody, but was eventually released. During President Sukarno’s visit to the United States in 1959, President John F. Kennedy offered a token of gratitude for Pope’s release. It was the Lockheed C-140 Jetstar to be used as the Presidential aircraft, replacing the Soviet Ilyushin Il-14 which was used at that time.
When Sukarno visited the Lockheed factory in 1961, he chose the Hercules C-130B to replace the Indonesian Air Force’s Canadian de Havilland DHC-4 Caribou transport airplanes. Indonesian pilots ferry flew the ten C-130B over a 13.000 mile distance to Indonesia.  The planes were assigned to the Heavy Transportation Air Squadron 31 of the Indonesian Air Force.
Leo Wattimena who in 1964 was the Commander of the Air Force Operations Command, personally commissioned Trubus to paint a number of paintings surrounding the activities of the Air Force.  Although the painting does not clearly depict the form of the airplane, it is quite clear that the paratroopers are walking onto a hinged loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage, into the body of the airplane, typical of and unique to the design of the Hercules. During the Dwikora operations in  September 1964, three Hercules planes were used to fly the Air Force’s Pasukan Gerak Tjepat paratroopers, dropping them in Kalimantan in covert operations against Malaysia.

Sidharta FIne Art Auction 10 December 2017 | An Homage to Arie Smit (15 April 1916 – 23 March 2016) (lots #142-145)

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An Homage to Arie Smit (15 April 1916 – 23 March 2016) (lots #142-145)

Dutch-born Indonesian artist Arie Smit passed away on 23 March 2016, just less than a month shy of his 100th birthday. Born in Zandaam, The Netherlands, in 1916, in the middle of the first World War, it was his dream and life long goal to gain complete freedom by becoming an artist. Ironically, the young Arie Smit arrived in Indonesia in 1938 on military contract, and was assigned to the Topographical Service. Following the Japanese occupation in 1942, as a prisoner of war, he was taken into forced labor camps in Singapore, Thailand, and Burma. Yet, after the Dutch finally acknowledged Indonesia's sovereignty in 1949, Arie Smit chose to remain in the new republic and became an Indonesian citizen as early as 1951.
By 1955, he had already held three solo exhibitions, at the Kolff in Jakarta, the BPM in Plaju, Palembang, and in Bandung. Yet, he only decided to become a full time painter in 1956, when he came to Bali upon painter Rudolf Bonnet and art connoisseur and dealer James Pandy's invitation. Although the trip to Bali was supposed to be a relatively brief visit, the painter decided to stay on the island, apparently for good, as he has remained there for almost half a century now. Yet, Arie could not stay still in a single place in Bali. While remaining on the island of Bali, he moved from one place to another: Ubud, Campuhan, Sanur, Tanjung Bungkak near Denpasar, Singaraja, and even Lovina Beach.
Since the 1970s, Arie Smit painted using mosaics of color that are brushed onto the canvas in rapid strokes. “My colors do not clash, they blend. Lines do not divide but unite,” he further asserted. The artist’s spontaneous brush strokes, applied to outline or highlight the shapes and forms in his paintings in this period, often elicit a vibrant effect. “The brush strokes move and move. They create the life of the painting,” he affirms. The outlines of the forms of architecture, as well as the effects of the wind’s motion on the vegetation around the temple, all animate the nuance of the painting. Arie Smit’s works reflected his vibrant activities, constantly moving around the island and not being able to remain still at one place.
Arie finally decided to move back to Ubud in 1989, after living in Singaraja for four years, when Suteja Neka offered Arie Smit to stay at his Villa Sanggingan Bungalows, situated not far from the Neka Museum in Sanggingan. Arie accepted this kind offer. Starting in 1990 he settled in at his new home, after having moved at least thirty times throughout the thirty-four years of his time in Bali. He was at last somewhere for good.
While it seemed that he was going to retire, the artist continued to be productive and creative for over another decade. Until juat a few years ago, even after an eye cataract operation, he still painted in his studio, using his memories of the scenes that he has accumulated throughout almost half a century of his life on the Island of Bali. Sadly, in the last few years of his life the artist chose to stop painting, spending his days quietly lying in bed. Although his memory still remained sharp as a razor, and physically he remains quite strong,  it seems that his failing eyesight is the reason that he was no longer interested in searching for light and colors. He seemed to have desperately waited for his ultimate freedom.

Sidharta FIne Art Auction 10 December 2017:| Affandi Sabung Ayam (lot # 127)

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In September 1961, Affandi visited the United States for the second time, with his wife Maryati, touring Columbus, Ohio, Buffalo, Ithaca, Syracuse and New York City,  New York, and Washington, D.C.  

During his stay in Washington, D.C., Affandi felt very much at home, enjoying the hospitality of the family of Doedi Soemawidjaja, the Indonesian cultural attaché at the time, with whom he stayed. As a token of gratitude, the artist presented his host with this painting.  

The painting was purchased from the family of the late cultural attache.

This painting has been authenticated by Kartika Affandi, the daughter of the artist.
A certificate of authenticity for this painting had been issued in 1995. Unfortunately, the original certificate is yet to be found.  

Sidharta FIne Art Auction 10 December 2017 | Lee Man Fong’s Portrait of HOK Tanzil (lot # 108)

Haris Otto Kamil Tanzil  or Tan Thiam Hok (Surabaya, 16 July 1923 -  19 October 2017) studied at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Indonesia starting in 1946. After he received his drs. Med degree, he started to work at the Microbiology Laboratories of the University, researching bacteria that cause Tuberculosis. Working too intensely with the bacteria, he himself contracted the disease and had to undergo treatment at the Batu Sanatorium near Malang, E. Java in 1953-1955.
Upon his return from Batu, he continued his work at the University of Indonesia Microbiology Laboratories. In 1957, he finally obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree. He is known as the inventor of the Tan Thiam Hok Coloration technique in the testing of Tuberculosis bacteria in humans and mammals.
He continued to work for the University of Indonesia until 1975. Prof. DR. Dr. H.O.K Tanzil passed away on 19 October 2017. He was also known as an avid traveller.

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Sidharta FIne Art Auction 10 December 2017 | After Raden Saleh, Albert Henry Payne (London, 1812 - Leipzig, 1902) engraver. “Last Resort“

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Raden Saleh’s painting „Last Resort“ made a deep impression on the art world in Dresden and Leipzig when it was presented by its owner, the collector Schletter (Leipzig). Immediately it was reproduced by H.F. Grünewald and it added to the so called “Tiedge Album” which appeared in Dresden 1842. Three years later it was engraved again, this time by Albert Henry Payne, a British engraver who had moved his business to Leipzig. The steel engraving was meant as a gift for those who subscribed to Payne’s journal Payne’s Universum (German edition) and Payne’s Pictural World (English edition).  Payne’s Universum was also sold in America and it must have been the first time that Raden Saleh’s name was mentioned in an American journal. The engraving was announced as „A splendid Premium Plate, engraved in the line manner, of the “Attack of the Lion” after the picture of his H.R.H. Prince Raden Saleh, measuring 17 inches by 13 inches, printed on sheet imperial paper, and equal in execution to the plates of the art union.”  In 1864 Payne reprinted his steel engraving as an illustration for the article „Ein javanischer Prinz als Maler“ in: Illustriertes Familien-Journal, A.H.Payne, Leipzig und Dresden, Volume 21, 1864, p. 281.

Dr. Werner Kraus

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Sidharta Artfordable Auction Sunday December 03, 2017(Lot # 001-165)

Dear Art Lovers & Enthusiasts,

Welcome to the third ArtFordable Auction that falls in December to wrap up our series of auctions this year. To some, December is the best month of the year to celebrate many festivities and time decorate the home. Our collections may become your consideration. Browse through the 165 lots and you may fall into one or more of the artwork.

Few Indonesian artists known to create decorative paintings that we have in this auction are Erica Hestu Wahyuni, Iwan Sulistyo, J.B, Nyoman Budiarta, Ahmad Su’udhi, Toto Sunu and I Nyoman Sujana “Kenyem”. The work of these artists can be your selections. The subject matters mostly are light and easy to understand. The colors pleasantly bright and lively. It awakes our senses and brighten up the days.

Lot # 106, Erica Hestu Wahyuni, Selebritis Potret
Lot # 106, Erica Hestu Wahyuni, Selebritis Potret

If you are into abstract that might wish other to guess what the artwork says, these artists are for you to refer to. Many of Hanafi’s paintings have become the choice of Indonesian interior designers because of its natural color schemes. The rest are Tulus Warsito, Suwaji and Basuki Sumartono. On the contemporary collections, we have Jumaldi Alfi, Didi Kasih, Sugantika “Lekung”, Ketut, Ridi Winarno, Audie and Muji Harjo. These are interesting to check out as well. Lekung with his endless inspirations of pig subject matter never fails to entertain the viewers.

We always bring the paintings of senior artists. We have Adam Lay, Amrus Natalsya, Jeihan Sukmantoro, Nyoman Gunarsa, the late Krijono and the daughter of maestro Affandi, Kartika Affandi. Their lots are spread out in our catalog. 

May what we have found for this auction are suitable to our taste and preference. And may they bring you joy and happiness to your space and get ready to embrace the new year.

Have a great time browsing and bidding the collections.

Syanda Kunto
ArtFordable Auction