A Talk on the Ceramic Collection of the National Museum of Indonesia


The National Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta’s ceramic collection was formed primarily from the private collection of Egbert Willem Van Orsey de Flines (1886-1964). He was a Dutch national who arrived in Indonesia in 1913, who donated his collection of over a 1000 pieces to the museum in 1929 and continued to build on it as curator of ceramics until his permanent return to Holland in 1959. By the time he left Indonesia, the ceramic collection totalled around 5,000 pieces. Whilst Chinese ceramics form the main part of the collection, it was also pioneering at that time in the collecting of Southeast Asian ceramics, particularly Thai and Vietnamese wares.

Van Orsey de Flines collected ‘foreign’ ceramics from across the Indonesian Archipelago. Ceramics had, for many centuries been the treasured possession of the local Indonesian people. They became precious heirlooms known as pusaka, looked after and kept from generation to generation, both as prestige items demonstrating family status, and as ceremonial objects used in traditional religious rites. As a repository of such heirloom pieces obtained from the local population, the collection is an important archive for the history of the country.

Our speaker, Tara Manser, is a member of the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society (SEACS). Prior to moving to Singapore, Tara lived in Jakarta for five years and was a member of the Indonesian Heritage Society (IHS) and a docent at the National Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta. She recently completed, with a colleague, an inventory of the ceramic collection (on display) in the National Museum of Indonesia. Tara has an MA in East Asian Art History from Manchester University and Sotheby’s Institute of Art.-

The programme will begin at 7:00 pm and end by 8:30 pm and will be held in the Imagination Room, Level Five of the National Library, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064. This programme is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required but attendance is limited to 70 pax. Parking is available in the National Library carpark (basement). The closest MRT stop is Bras Basah.

Mon Apr 16, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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The Imagination Room, National Library, Singapore
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100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064 Singapore
Southeast Asian Ceramic Society