THE HUGO VAN DAM BEQUEST: AN ORIENTAL FANTASY
Now showing until 4 May 2014
Highlights from the Hugo Van Dam collection of blue and white Dutch delftware and Asian ceramics are now on display for the first time since their acquisition in 2012.
From his Adelaide Hills home, Hugo Van Dam collected ceramics for thirty years. His most obvious passion was for chinoiserie blue and white Dutch delftware of the eighteenth century. Decorative vases are well represented in this exhibit along with tableware such as dishes and drainer plates, and wall tiles. Together they transform the Gallery’s collection which now has examples by the leading Netherlands manufacturers De Drie Klokken (The Three Bells), De Grieksche A (The Greek A) and Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles (The Porcelain Bottle, later Royal Delft).
Hugo Van Dam’s evident interest in Asia also led him to collect the wares of Asian countries traded locally and to Europe. The Dehua wares (blanc de chine) reflect his European background and notions of connoisseurship. Also displayed are Min yao (folk) wares from the Yuan-Song dynasties and large Burmese martaban storage jars from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
The Hugo Van Dam Bequest: An Oriental Fantasy provides the opportunity to encounter the collection of this passionate collector.