detail: front row, left to right: De Porceleyne Byl (The Porcelain Axe), Delft, Netherlands, manufacturer, Netherlands 1657-1803, Vase, c.1760, Delft, Netherlands, earthenware, glazed, 18.7 x 12.1 x 9.6 cm; Bequest of Hugo Van Dam 2012. The Netherlands, One of a pair of lidded vases, 1750 60, Netherlands, earthenware, glazed, 26.0 x 15.5 x 12.7 cm; Bequest of Hugo Van Dam 2012. The Netherlands, Small vase (with long neck), 1750 60, Netherlands, earthenware, glazed, 18.3 x 10.0 cm diameter, Bequest of Hugo Van Dam 2012.

THE HUGO VAN DAM BEQUEST: AN ORIENTAL FANTASY

Now showing until 4 May 2014
Gallery 19a
Free admission

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.


detail: front row, left to right: De Porceleyne Byl (The Porcelain Axe), Delft, Netherlands, manufacturer, Netherlands 1657-1803, Vase, c.1760, Delft, Netherlands, earthenware, glazed, 18.7 x 12.1 x 9.6 cm; Bequest of Hugo Van Dam 2012. The Netherlands, One of a pair of lidded vases, 1750 60, Netherlands, earthenware, glazed, 26.0 x 15.5 x 12.7 cm; Bequest of Hugo Van Dam 2012. The Netherlands, Small vase (with long neck), 1750 60, Netherlands, earthenware, glazed, 18.3 x 10.0 cm diameter, Bequest of Hugo Van Dam 2012.
 
back row, left to right: The Netherlands, Plate (the melon vendor), 1750 70, Netherlands, earthenware, glazed, 3.4 x 23.0 cm diameter; Bequest of Hugo Van Dam 2012. The Netherlands, Plate, 1750 70, Netherlands, earthenware, glazed, 3.0 x 32.8 cm diameter, Bequest of Hugo Van Dam 2012.