Our second Collectibles auction this year, is entitled “Menteng” for good reasons. First, we should let you know that the auctions will be held in two separate venues two weeks apart from one another. We will start in a private residence on Jl. Gereja Theresia on November 9th, and at the Tugu Kunstkring Paleis on November 23rd. Both venues are situated in Menteng, the primary residential area of the city starting from the beginning of the twentieth century.
Designed by architect P.A.J. Mooijen, 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. Menteng quickly became the center for Modern culture of the city.
Later, after the Indonesian independence, 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 Unfortunately by the 1990s the Lingkar Mitra was no longer active.
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 auctions this time we are offering over 200 lots of a variety of items including furniture, decorative items, ceramics, textiles, cameras, books and, artworks and artworks. Most of the items have come from the estates of various collectors who at one point in time or another lived in the residential area of Menteng, and is now intend to streamline their collections or exchange them for others.
In each venue, the lots presented will have a different focus. The first session in the house on Jl. Gereja Theresia, will feature many pieces of Chinese furniture and decorative items, while there are also some unique pieces of Van der Pol furniture and Art Deco-esque furniture.
The second session at the Kunstkring Paleis, will be a much more eclectic auction featuring ceramic pieces, various batiks and other Indonesian textiles, and some superb old Peranakan and colonial furniture.
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 be held Thursday to Saturday, 6-8 November 2014 at Jl. Gereja Theresia no. 13, and Friday & Saturday, 21 & 22 November to view the various items that are being offered, and then ultimately during the auctions on Sunday, 9 November & 23 November 2014 to bid on the items you desire. The viewings and the auctions will certainly be a delightful experience for everyone.
We hope that you will enjoy the auctions.
Happy viewing and joyful bidding!
Auction date: 19 & 20 January 2013, by appointment
Auction venue: Private residence
We begin 2013 with a very special auction of the estate of pioneering Indonesian fashion designer Peter Sie (Bogor 1929 – Jakarta 2011). At a young age of 17, he went to The Netherlands and studied at the Vakschool Voor Kleermaker & Coupeuse in The Hague from 1947 to 1953. Upon his return to Indonesia, he immediately started his fashion business, making dresses for Chinese-Indonesian ladies who lived around the Mangga Besar area of Jakarta, where he lived at the time.
In 1959, he held a fashion show at Hotel Des Indes in Jakarta. Meant to be part of fund raising event for a charitable cause, the show was a huge success and was attended by important personalities, including Indonesia’s First Lady, Fatmawati Soekarno. Following this first show, Sie’s career blossomed.
Although at one point in the mid-1970s a minor crisis forced him to make ready-to-wear clothes for a brief period of time, Sie was best known for his haute couture designs, which he individually created for his select special clients. He is considered the “father of Indonesian haute couture” by eminent fashion designers, and together with prominent batik designer Iwan Tirta was honored as “Fashion Icon” at the Jakarta Fashion & Food Festival 2006.
Alongside his passion for style and fashion, he also surround himself with elegance and beauty. He decorated his house with the beautiful things that he patiently acquired, developing specific collections. His ceramics collections were developed based on themes of color: Ming Dynasty blue and whites, sang de boeufs, Qingbai ware,blue glazed ceramics, and celadons. He also collected fine pieces of Peranakan Chinese furniture in his house, as well as various other collectibles from various parts of the globe.
A number of paintings by prominent Indonesian painters can also be found in his collection, including the works of Ernest Dezentje, Chris Suharso (Siauw Swie Tjing), Liem Tjoe Ing, I Fan Tje, Alimin Tamin, Djupriany, Tatang Ganar, Amri Yahya, S. Yadi K, Tanto and even Kartini Basuki.
Peter Sie’s interest was not only in fashion, but also in ceramics, antique furniture, and fine art. His book collection also reflected this wide interest.
Following his passing away in 2011, he has left behind an estate of over a thousand items. The entires estate will will be auctioned in two sessions, on Saturday and Sunday, 19 and 20 January 2013, at the residence of the late fashion pioneer.
The previews, which will be held by appointment starting Saturday, January 13th, 2013, will be an insightful cultural journey into the life of a notable Indonesian cultural Icon. We invite anyone who might be interested in taking part of previews to contact us to make an appointment as soon as possible.
The auction will also be a unique opportunity for those of you who might be interested not only to take a glimpse of the collections, but also to be able to acquire part of or even the entire collection of a remarkable Indonesian personality, who has always been associated with the finest in taste and style.
We hope that you will take part in and enjoy this amazing cultural event.
Happy viewing and joyful bidding!