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From the Collection of Çaka Datuk (lots # 097 to 120)

Collections are often accumulated for decades, and sometimes even centuries. Each of the art work that is added to the collection, contribute in shaping the stories and histories or the personality and/or his/her family. Then comes a time to part with the collection. As touching or sad it may be, perhaps comes with this, is the time to tell and share the stories and histories, not only of the art pieces in the collection, but throught the art, also the personal history of the individual and his/her family.

097 Hasim Potret Adam Malik 1975

Potret Adam Malik

098 Srihadhy Bunga 1966


099 Trubus Soedarsono Wanita 1958

Trubus Soedarsono

100 Isa Hassanda Ceremony In Bali 1981

Isa Hassanda
Ceremony In Bali

101 Çaka Datuk Penabuh Gendang Puri Saren - Ubud 1978

Çaka Datuk
Penabuh Gendang Puri Saren – Ubud

102 Sukada, Made Acinthya 1973

Sukada, Made

104 Çaka Datuk Spakenburg Haven - Hollan 1979

Çaka Datuk
Spakenburg Haven – Hollan

108 Abas Alibasyah Topeng 1968

Abas Alibasyah

109 Aas Alibasyah Topeng 1968

Aas Alibasyah

116 Çaka Datuk Wanita Pengamen Sitter Jalanan 1999

Çaka Datuk
Wanita Pengamen Sitter Jalanan

119 Bonnet, Johan Rudolf Studies of Figures pencil on paper

Bonnet, Johan Rudolf
Studies of Figures
pencil on paper

120 Bonnet, Johan Rudolf Male Figure 1970

Bonnet, Johan Rudolf
Male Figure

Born on December 9th, 1933 in  Bima,  on the island of Sumbawa, in West Nusa Tenggara, Muhammad Zakaria Datuk,  Çaka Datuk was the fifth of eight children of Rustam Datuk Sari Maradjo and, Siti Sarah. His father was an employee of the Dutch East Indies colonial government who was stationed in Nusa Tenggara, while his mother was born on  Rote island off Timor, in East Nuasa Tenggara. He spent his childhood moving from one town to another around Nusa Tenggara, following his father’s assignments. He attended grade school in Mataloko (Flores Island)  and Soe (Timor Island). in 1948, he was sent to live with his eldest brother Abdul Madjid Datuk in Jakarta to enter the Van Lith junior high school on Jl. Gunung Sahari.

Since he was very young, Çaka Datuk had already had great interest in art. His teacher at Van Lith encouraged him to continue to make artworks. He was determined to continue his education at the Art High School  (Sekolah Seni Rupa Indonesia/SESRI) in Yogyakarta, and then to the Indonesian Academy of Fine Arts (Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia/ASRI). At ASRI, he became acquainted with Wardoyo, Abas Alibasyah, Amri Yahya, Sapto Hoedoyo, Bagong Kussudiardjo, and many other artists who later gained recognition.  Among the most influential of his teachers were Trubus Sudarsono dan Rudolf Bonnet, who at one point became a visiting professor at the academy. According to Hilly de Roever-Bonnet, the Dutch artist’s niece and biographer, Bonnet considered Çaka Datuk as his protégé.

Along with the exodus of the Dutch residents from Indonesia, Bonnet also returned to the Netherlands in 1957. In 1966, Çaka Datuk continued his studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1966. Although his initial interest was in fine art, at the academy his interest shifted to fashion design. Upon his completion of the program, he worked as a fashion designer, with none less than Queen Juliana being one of his clients.

Since the late 1960s Bonnet was living at the Rosa Spier Huis, an elderly home especially for artists in Laren. On weekends he would visit Çaka in Amsterdam, reminiscing about Indonesia. During his visits, Bonnet would occasionally make drawings of Çaka and his nephew Wim Sulaiman “Upu” Datuk.

In 1978, both Rudolf Bonnet and his colleague Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati, the Prince of Ubud  and founder of the Museum Puri Lukisan passed way in 1978. Bonnet was allowed to be ceremonially cremated as part of the the Tjokorda’s great royal cremation in 1979. Çaka and Hilly de Roever-Bonnet took part in the ceremonies.

Not long thereafter, in 1984, Çaka Datuk returned to Indonesia and lived in Jakarta, working as a fashion designer. His combined interest in fine art and fashion design also led him to design textile, and produced among others contemporary Timor Ikat weavings and Minangkabau gold thread Songket.

After suffering from chronic diabetes, Çaka Datuk passed away in Jakarta, on May 4th, 2014.

Over twenty artworks, mostly consisting of the works of this talented artist, along with art works by other prominent artists with whom he was quite closely acquainted, namely Rudolf Bonnet, Trubus, Abas Alibasyah, Isa Hasanda, and Made Sukada, are featured in this auction.

Link to our auction catalog:

SIDHartA Collectibles “Menteng” Auction 9 & 23 November 2014


131 362 361 360 359 358 357 356 355 354 353 352 351 326 312 296 295 294 288 272 254 252 251 249 247 144

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!


Amir Sidharta

Untung Suropati as interpreted by Sudjojono (lot # 108)


This is S. Sudjojono’s interpretation of Untung Suropati, an historical character who happened to be honored as an Indonesian national hero in 1975. It seems that the character might have caught Sudjojono’s attention when he was doing research for the large mural about Sultan Agung’s 1628-29 unsuccessful siege of Batavia (completed 1974), displayed at the Jakarta History Museum on Taman Fatahilah.

According to the epic Babad Tanah Jawi, Untung Suropati was a slave who originated from Bali. A Dutch officer by the name of Moor attributed the rise his career and the increase of his wealth to his acquisition of his new slave, and decided to call him “Untung” (which means “fortune”).

Later, when he found out that Untung and his daughter Suzanne were getting involved deeper and deeper in a love affair, he decided to imprison him.  However Untung gathered his prison mates and managed to escape from prison and became fugitives.

Untung eventually acquired the named Surapati from the Sultan of Cirebon. He went on to Kartasura, where he was kept under the aegis of Sultan Amangkurat II. Untung Surapati was best known for killing Captain Tack, a Dutch officer who was sent to Kartasura to capture him, in 1686.

Untung Surapati went on to become the ruler of Pasuruan, still under the auspices of Sultan Amangkurat II. Following the Sultan’s death in 1703, his successor Amangkurat III came in conflict with Pangeran Puger (a son of Amangkurat I) and fled to Pasuruan. When the Dutch forces launched an attack on Pasuruan in 1706, Surapati retreated to Bangil, where he was killed. Amangkurat III continued to fight the Dutch with Surapati’s sons until their surrender in 1708.


A piece of paper with Sudjojono’s text is affixed on to the reverse of the canvas:

SS Suropati tulisan smaller

Untung Suropati


Paringi padang, Gusti

Mugi gamblang ingsun garap

Cahya kangcekap

Pangetrapan kang wajar

Sapa sira, jalma hurip

Sing bisa nututi krentek ingsun

Aku pepundening Sang Resik,


– – – – – –


Nyuwun pangestu, Gusti

Niat ingsun tancap suku

Ing siti bumi, tirta ngamuk

Prahara ngebut, ngeprak-eprak prahu

lan lirik2,

Nggonjing kiwa,

Miring tengen

Sang prahu lampahnya alon


– – – – – –


Sirna kowe, polang2ku hurip

Aku mlaku

Aja ngira, aku menceng,

Lakuku ngadep, orang noleh,

Rawe2mu tak rantas

Palang2mu tak putung

Karepku bener,

Tekadku paring pangestaning Sang Nyipta


S. Sudjojono

Jak, 1975


The text seems to be a kind of evocation to The Almighty, so that he will remain on track in pursuit of truth. He uses the metaphor of a journey on a boat or ship through rough waters to portray life. In the painting, Untung Suropati is depicted as if he were on a boat together with his love Suzanne.

It seems clear that Sudjojono identified himself with Untung Suropati, who like him, fell in love with a European woman. Be that as it may, Untung Suropati continued to fight against the colonialists in pursuit of freedom, and it is apparent that Sudjojono intended to follow this example.



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Lee Man Fong’s Sunflowers







Lee Man Fong’s Sunflowers

This painting by Lee Man Fong, dates 1951 and is a relatively early painting by the artist. Many painters would certainly feel challenged to try to depict the likeness of the thick and wavy petals of the sunflower, and of course by that time Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, painted in the 1880s, had already become an iconic painting well-known among artists world-wide.

Although he might have been inspired by the subject matter in the famous painting by Van Gogh, Lee Man Fong’s Sunflowers does not borrow from its appearance, technique or style. It is a painting that shows Lee Man Fong’s own characteristic style, particularly pallette, brushstrokes and composition.


This painting is one of the artworks that will be auctioned in Sidharta Auctioneer's Fine Art Auction on October 7th, 2012, at Darmawangsa Square, Jakarta, Indonesia, starting at 1:30pm. View the e-catalog here: Please contact for further information









Fisherman at Work by the Seashore by Itji Tarmizi