We are very proud to hold our Collectibles auction at the Tugu Kunstkring Paleis. The Bataviasche Kunstkring was opened on the 17th of April, 1914, as the center of activities for the city’s Art Circle. Many important exhibitions were held here, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s. Between 1935 and 1939, the collection of modern western art of paint manufacturer P.A. Regnault was exhibited here, inspiring Indonesian pioneers of modern art.
The Bataviasche Kunstkring apparently also became the inspiration for the name of a group of Indonesian art and culture enthusiasts when they formed the Lingkar Mitra Budaya in the late 1960s. This group held popular auctions at their relatively modest establishment on Jl. Tanjung. The group encouraged people to collect and appreciate artworks. Unfortunately by the 1990s the Lingkar Mitra was no longer active.
While we aspire to both the Lingkar Mitra Budaya and the Kunstkring in encouraging more people to appreciate art and culture through collecting art and other collectibles. In our auction this time we are offering 248 lots of a variety of items including furniture, decorative items, ceramics, textiles, cameras, books and prints, artworks and jewelry. The items have come from the estates of various collectors as well as from dealers and other enthusiasts, who intend to streamline their collections or exchange them for others.
Among the many ceramic items offered there some very nice famille rose, famille noire, Ming as well as some European ceramics. There are blue and white items ranging from planters, umbrella/cane stands, plates and bowls to elegant decorative jars. A range of stoneware martavans can also be found.
An elegantly designed buffet cabinet (lot# 248) is certainly one of the most unique furniture pieces in the sale. Many items from the sale shows what kinds of furniture were used in the first half of the twentieth century Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia, including a Van der Pol work desk (lot# 150), a living room furniture set (lot# 151) and Art Deco and Art Nouveau style furniture locally produced. There are also some furniture from the Chinese tradition, among others a cuiho cabinet (lot# 176) and a pair of traditional Chinese chairs (lot# 211). Other furniture also shows local traditions, including a Javanese carved cabinet and a Madurese set of seats (lot# 172).
A collection of textiles from Sumba is another highlight of our sale. Many of the items featured include extensive descriptions provided by Judi Achjadi for the owner/vendor of the lots, so that we can also learn a little bit about the significance of the pieces. Two pieces of Batik wall hangings by Iwan Tirta (lot# 100) (lot# 236 & 241) dating from the 1970s have returned to Indonesia to find a new home.
Various cameras including some interesting folding cameras and early single lens reflex cameras are also offered. There are also some books, maps and prints about Indonesia, the most interesting of which for this auction would be De Haan’s Oud Batavia (1923) (lot# 096) and Pieter van der AA’s Map of Batavia (1727) (lot# 100). Many of the maps/prints come with certificate of authenticity from a gallery where the pieces once originated.
Last but not least , some exquisite fashion accessories and jewelry are also offered in the sale. There are some Peranakan pieces as well as some Javanese, Palembang and European pieces. While there are many beautiful pieces, but personally I find the set of gold and silver pins in the form of butterflies (lot# 187) most delightful.
Each and every person are entitled to their own tastes, and we hope that among the 248 lots that are offered in this auction, there will be something for every collector, new, seasoned and even veteran collectors. So we hope that you will be able to join us during the previews, which start on Sunday, April 27th and continues Tuesday - Friday, April 29th - May 2nd, to view the various items that are being offered, and then ultimately during the auction on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 to bid on the items you desire. The viewing and the auction, held at the Tugu Kunstkring Paleis will certainly be a delightful experience for everyone.
We hope that you will enjoy the auctions.
Happy viewing and joyful bidding!