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SIDHartA Collectibles “Menteng” Auction 9 & 23 November 2014


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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 Unfortunately by the 1990s the Lingkar Mitra was no longer active.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

Djakarta pagi2 by S. Sudjojono

Djakarta pagi2 low res

Entitled “Jakarta in the Morning” shows a scene of what Jakarta’s main boulevard, currently known as Jl. M. H. Thamrin looked like in 1967, as seen from the raised platform of the Sarinah Building, looking south. From north to south, the buildings on the west side of the boulevard: the East Jerman Embassy, the Japanese Embassy, Hotel Ashoka and Hotel Indonesia can be seen quite distinctly depicted. On the east side of the boulevard, the buildings are less visible, but clearly the steel framed Wisma Nusantara which had been under construction since 1964, towers the landscape.

In the background, the mountain range of Mount Gede and Pangrango is also visible on clear days during that time, when Jakarta’s traffic was still at its infant beginnings, so to say. The painting also shows how the traffic was during that time: north-bound traffic on Jl. Thamrin was quite heavy, as the old town was still very much the center of business in those days. Traffic soufh bound on the boulevard is significantly much more quite. We can see a becak and a bemo on Jl. Sunda off the main boulevard.

While this painting is a tremendously intriguing testimony of what Jakarta was like in the 1960s, it is also a kind of self portrait. A figure of a man that is seated on the left side of the canvas, watching over a small child, is most certainly the painter himself in a cameo appearance. Indeed, Sudjojono often brought his family to enjoy Sarinah, which was at the time the most prominent department store in the city, particularly to be able to enjoy the views of their developing hometown from the building’s open air raised platform.


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