Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fine Art Auction, 20 November and 11 December 2016 | Message from Sidharta Auctioneer


Lot #130, Rustamadji, Women Carrying Baskets of Fish


Message from Sidharta Auctioneer

Since last year, we have managed to once again hold two Fine Art auctions annually. This is our second Fine Art auction this year, and it will be held in two separate auctions, combined with a Collectibles auction.

Our first session (Fine Art), will be held on Sunday, 20 November 2016. In order to present our clients with auctions, we have to find interesting works or art that someone or another would like to sell. Auction houses usually get works from galleries or dealers, but the most exciting lots usually come from the collections of old connoisseurs who have become detached from the current network of art collectors due to a generational gap or other social matters.

Old collections that consist of a select number of authentic artworks are very hard to come by, and therefore when we do come across one or two it give us great pleasure and satisfaction. It makes us happy and at the same time proud because we envision that our discovery will bring pleasure to our valued clients who also would like to acquire the wonderful art pieces for their collection.

Once in awhile, through our networks of families, friends and acquaintances, we get introduced to families who consider it time to let go of their collections. Recently, a small yet wonderful collection of Indonesian fine art, property of a gentleman, has been entrusted to be auctioned through our auction house.

The collection consists of various Indonesian art works, some of which we highlight here. From the selection of paintings in the possession of the collector, it seems evident that he was fascinated with people a work, and in particular women at work. Various forms of Balinese dances performed by women are shown in different artistic styles by Bagong Kussudiardja, Lim Wa Sim and Nyoman Gunarsa.
Lot #127, Lim Wasim, Pendet Dancer 



Lot #125, Bagong Kussudiardjo, Women Figures







Lot #132, Gunarsa, Nyoman, Legong Dancers

While Sudarso's painting is of a woman with a basket taking a rest, Tatang Ganar depicts a socially active yet culturally conscious Indonesian woman elegantly and smartly dressed in her kebaya.   




Lot #117, Sudarso, Seated Woman Holding a Basket



Lot #118, Tatang Ganar, Seated Woman in Kebaya



Lot #129, Iwan Sulistyo, J.B, Two Women with Terracotta Water Vessels



In the collection there is one of JB Iwan Sulistyo's early works, which is a painting of two women carrying water vessels. This painting seems to show a different and in many ways more interesting phase of the artist's oeuvre, which shows traces of his artistic influences.
Rustamadji's painting of women carrying baskets of fish, suggests not only the women's determination to work hard but also their communal spirit of progressing together, which should be the spirit and ethos of how people do business in the country today.


Lot #119, Dezentje, Ernest, View of Lake in Mountain Region


For the online catalog of the auction, click 


The second (Collectibles) session will be held on Sunday, 11 December 2016. Our collectibles auction feature ceramics, textiles, furniture and decorative items that have originated from various collections, primarily from collectors residing in Jakarta. Some of the most exceptional items can be found here.

The third (FIne Art) session immediately follows the second session. In this session we feature some great works by noted Contemporary artists including Jumaldi Alfi, Saftari, Lucia Hartini, Ivan Sagito and Pintor Sirait. We also present a special section about Indonesian-Chinese (Tionghoa) artists, which include Lee Man Fong, Lim Wa Sim, Liem Tjoe Ing, Lim Kwie Bing and Huang Fong, among others. From the property of notable collectors, there are also a number of works by masters of abstraction from Jakarta, Bandung and Yogya schools of art, namely Zaini, Popo Iskandar, Ahmad Sadali, Mochtar Apin, A.D. Pirous, Handrio, and Rusli.



Lot #330, Soedibio, Kuda Lumping






Lot #334, Abas Alibasyah, Cili


Lot #343, Ivan Sagita, Figures in Suspension


Lot #358, Lee Man Fong, Bunga Kembang Sepatu


Lot #408, Sadali, Ahmad, Gunungan Hijau Putih


Lot #411, Apin, Mochtar, Langkah dan Lirik

Lot #307, Godon, Alain, L'orthographe

In total, we present you with 310 lots, in the three sessions. We hope that there will be some pieces in our auctions that will attract your interest. Happy viewing and bidding!


Amir Sidharta

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