dealer in The Hague, The Netherlands

dealer in The Hague, The Netherlands
A blog to celebrate twenty-five years of buying and selling art, applied art, antiques, art nouveau, art deco, design, vintage and collectables, with memories and highlights from the collection in the past.


Exhibitions with objects from the Delta 98 Den Haag collection

looking through our archived documents and a case with old printed photographs, we came across pictures and documents of several exhibitions
with items from our collection.

Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
- Frank Lloyd Wright meets Berlage - 1999:

a childs chair attributed to Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964) Verloop meubels, circa 1915-1917, 
a Dutch art deco, Haagse School / De Stijl hanging lamp
from the house of the Dutch artist Jan Th, Giesen (1900-1982),
3 chairs designed by Hendrik Wouda (1893-1949) for Villa Sevensteijn, The Hague

 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
- Ons Brons, van Boeddha tot Rodin - 1998:

Meneer Jacques,
 4 different small bronze statues by
Ludwig Oswald Wenckebach (1895-1962)

in bruikleen bij het Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
uit particulier bezit
in loan by the municipal museum The Hague
in loan from a private collection:

a Dutch art nouveau, ladies desk with chair designed circa 1904 by 
Johan Thorn Prikker (1868-1932)
executed by Binnenhuis Die Haghe, The Hague

- Ruiter - a metal statue of a horseman, 1969
By Aart van den IJssel (Dutch, 1922-1983)
on display at the 2003 exhibition De Nieuwe Haagse School,
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

CODA Museum Apeldoorn
- Indisch DNA - 2014/2015:

2 wooden dolls by Thea Gerard (1938-1987)
5 ceramic figures by Etie van Rees (1890-1973)
a bronze statue of a Javanese dancer by  Carl Wirtz (1884-1944)

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
- Wonen in de Amsterdamse School - 2016:

wrought iron lamp, Amsterdam School designed by
Pieter Lodewijk Kramer (1881-1961)
for the department Oosterse Tapijtenafdeling of the store De Bijenkorf Den Haag, The Hague

7 small books with Dutch art deco design
designed by Fre Cohen (Dutch, 1903-1943)

Dutch art deco clock

a lamp base, sold without the shade

two side tables, attributed to Adriaan Frederik van de Weij (1885-1969)
a lamp base designed by Hendrik Albertus an den Eijnde (1869-1939), sold without the shade


Vintage Analog Camera's of Delta 98 Den Haag & Jaap Eerland

a 6x6 Twin Lens Camera, by Rollei, Franke & Heidecke

Jaap Eerland likes all kinds of old analog camera's,
but the 6x6 Rolleiflex and Rolleicord is his favorite.

He used them as a, more then amatuer, photographer.
He went on trips just to make pictures, or he was commissioned
or he just pictured friends and family.

Friedel & Clivia

Jaap Eerland and the Leica by Ernst Leitz
You can wake him in the middle of the night to offer him one.

Jaap Eerland and Leitz Wetzlar accessories.

Leitz Summaron

Jaap Eerland and the very old bellows plate camera's.
Open, close, plate in and plate out, flahslight to see if there are any holes.
And the surprise of it being sold at first by 
Ivens & Co. fotografie-artikelen Nijmegen, Amsterdam, Groningen, Den Haag

Extra extension: how long will it be ? 
Back in and fold it, close it.
How small can it be ?

For a shaky hands you need help.
With Rollei Penta Prism and Pistol Grip

The photographer himself:

Nele, not only a favorite of Till Eulenspiegel / Tijl Uilenspiegel, Charles Samuel and Delta 98 Den Haag

At the auction house VendueHuis der Notarissen in The Hague
Jaap of Delta 98 Den Haag, once saw an extremely charming and beautiful carved sculpture. Not on exhibition or on sale, no, it stood on a shelf in the back of the auction house office.
For several months.
Being investigated, as they said.
 Finally, in the fall of 1996, it came up for auction. We bought it.
Shortly after our purchase we made a shop window display with seven white stands, all had a female sculpture on it, all ladies were covered with white, semi-transparent textile, except one, the centrepiece, was uncovered.
Nele unveiled.
This Nele was made between 1894 and 1898 of ivory and fruitwood with an art nouveau appearance, on a wooden stand by Paul Hankar (1859-1901), by the Belgium sculptor:
Charles Samuel (1862-1938, Brussels) 
A reservation was made on it within a day by an Amsterdam dealer.
The next day, Mr. Frits Scholten, curator at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam came by on his bike, stopped, looked in our window, came in, asked us about one of the covered statues, looked at that one, told us something of it's history and then he asked about Nele. Sorry, we said, it already has a reservation. Mr. Frits Scholten was clearly disappointed. Because he always had been so kind, had bought several items in the past, always shared knowledge (to a certain extent), I gave him a small present, a silvered bronze plaque I had in my medal collection, also made by Charles Samuel, just to cheer him up.
This medal depicts Charles Samuel 's deceased wife:
the French pianist Clotilde Kleeberg-Samuel (1866-1909), daughter of Martin Kleeberg (1838-1913) and Henriëtte Cahn (1839-1909) Mr. Scholten donated the plaque to the Rijksmuseum.
For the happy ending: the sculpture of Nele was offered for sale at Christie's Amsterdam in 2004 and purchased by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Nele revealed, now for everybody. 
In 2013 I was able to purchase an other Nele;
a pewter plaque, with a diameter of 23 cm,
dated 1895 and signed Ch.Samuel.
It also has a stamp in the form a collection or money tin with the text:
la feuille d’etain enfants pauvres Bruxelles,
of the philanthropical organisation La Feuille d’Etain, which sold items to able them to buy shoes and clothes for the poor children of Brussels
For again a happy ending and for the memories:
we still have this plaque in our collection.
For documentation see:
Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum, jaargang 56, 2008 - nummer 1-2,
the ten page article, starting on page 192,
written by Frits Scholten:
 " Charles Samuels Nele, model, fragment, cliché "


tekst: Marx Warmerdam
pictures: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and archive Delta 98 Den Haag


Following a sold piece: the Pianolamp designed by J.J.P. Oud, provenance Delta 98 Den Haag

Sometimes we are really proud when a piece is bought by a nice person, or a well known collector, or a museum, or sold at an auction with nice result, but also when it goes from hand to hand, proving it's importance.
Especially when the provenance is documented as:
Provenance: Delta 98 Den Haag
In 1992 we bought this pianolamp from the estate of
Willem Retera (1890-1955)

We knew what it was, a so called Gispen Pianolamp, designed by J.J.P. Oud. After thorough research and a visit to study a similar piece and the original drawings of the design in the collection of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam we could conclude that it was a first edition piece, from 1927. Only a few were made because Oud started a lawsuit against W.H.Gispen who started to produce this design without permission by Oud. Eventually they reached a settlement and in the years after Gispen excuted several types, known as the Giso 404, of these lamps. But thoose all differ from the original design and the first few executed.

In the years following nobody in Holland was willing to pay the price we asked for it. Dutch Gispen and design collectors thought we were mad. Because of that, and because a similar piece was already in a Dutch museum, we offered it in 1999 to Mark (-), a well-known dealer from New York on his yearly visit to The Netherlands, together with a so called Dames Bureau Lamp, Ladies Desk Lamp produced by Gispen in 1928. And the deal was done.

Shortly after Mark offered the pianolamp to Christie's New York, and they placed it in their important auction: Masterworks 1900-2000, in June 2000.

In the catalogue, not only a beautiful picture of the lamp, a picture of J.J.P.Oud the designer himself, a short textual illustration on Oud, Gispen and the lamp, but also a provenance:
Galerie Delta 98 The Hague.
Nice !
The price realized was nice too !  We were really proud !
Three years later we received a Sotheby's catalogue and there it was,
"our" pianolamp, now presented at the Sotheby's Auction:
  Collection Karl Lagerfeld, Arts Decoratifs Du XXe siecle, Paris, Mai 2003.
The next lot was probably "our" desklamp !

Again a nice price was realized ! Proud again !
Thank you Mark, thank you Christie's, thank you Karl Lagerfeld, thank you Sotheby's and thank you New Owner !
We will always refer and remember this super object.


Penningen, the dutch word for Medallic Art or Art Medals, a part of the collection of Delta 98 Den Haag

My collection. Art medals. How did that start ?
About 20 years ago a colleague, Mr. Doesberg, offered us a medal, it was beautiful art deco, by a famous dutch designer and the subject was theatre. I was blown away, all I loved was within that little gem.
silver medal by / zilveren penning door: Chris van der Hoef,  Antigone 1921 Arnhem - Den Haag
At that moment Jaap found the price to high. So no deal.
Mr. Doesberg drank his regular tea and perhaps two more and left with the medal.
Bye bye!
The moment he shut the shopdoor behind him, I shouted out loud:
"Why didn't you buy that medal ! I wanted that medal ! You miser !"
Jaap responded very calm: "It's just a coin. What do we need a coin for ?"
Me: "It's not a coin !!! It's a medal, a piece of art, it's art deco, it's by Chris van der Hoef, it's theatre !!!"
Sob sob.
About 3-4 weeks later it was my birthday, Jaap came to our shop, he gave me a present and it was the medal.
Kiss kiss.
Of course he had to pay a lot more, because Mr. Doesberg had already sold it on and Jaap had to buy it from that other dealer.
Tough, tough.

Shortly after that I saw an other art medal and bought it, 2 - 10 - 40 and so on.
Jaap kept saying: "What do you want to do with thoose coins?"
After several years, I had collected about 100, and then I decided the collection was good and big enough to show. I sold some and bought some more.
It's not wise dealership, there are only a few collectors,
but it's love love love and very very very nice to do.
     silver art medal by / zilveren penning door: Gerrit Rietveld, 1926, Horemheb - Ichnaton
Always I just wanted to collect only dutch medals, made by well known dutch designers, artists and sculptors, starting at 1900 up to the present. Just to keep in an area I can learn and know about a lot.
Sometimes though an extremely beautiful piece can make me decide to go abroad

      silver medal by Louis Oscar Roty, Death of Sadi Carnot, assassinated president of France 1894
There are so many wonderful art nouveau medals from France, Belgium and Germany, designed by great sculptors, for example Roty, Charpentier, Dupuis, Dubois, Coudray, Chaplain, Pillet, etc.
After the art nouveau period the art deco began, and to my opion, the most beautiful, powerful, topdesigned art deco medal ever made is American:
designed in 1933, by Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958) for the 25th anniversary of General Motors:
More medals can be seen on our site:
pictures: delta 98 den haag archive
tekst: Marx Warmerdam


Madness or Joy? The favorite antique glasses of Jaap Eerland in the collection of Delta 98 Den Haag

Beauty and function in one object.
A joy !
antique white wine glass, made circa 1820 in England

Jaap Eerland, the man behind Delta 98 Den Haag, now 68 years of age, bought his first antique stemware glass when he was 8 years young. The boy started at that moment a 60 years period of collecting one certain type of glass.
Time to explain.
paraplu glas, made circa 1780 in Holland
Living just around the corner in the Van Damstraat, Den Haag, he often joined his uncle Cees Stahlecker, or as he called him, Ome Kees, a dealer of estate contents, on the The Hague Market, known as the Haagse Mart.
de Haagse Markt, Herman Costerstaart, Den Haag
 It was Ome Kees who teached Jaap how to distinguish old from new glass and even more important, how to bargain. Sometimes Ome Kees even lended Jaap money when the boy had seen something nice on an other stall, so Jaap could go and buy it, return to Ome Kees, who gave Jaap a fair profit for a nice object. A Lalique vase was his best buy with borrowed money, 10 guilders. Ome Kees offered him 15 guilders at first, later 20. But Jaap did not accepted that offer. He did pay Kees back though !
Ome Kees, Cees Stahlecker selling on the Haagse Mart 
For his first "paraplu" glass he spended a big deal of his pocket money of 50 cents a week, he bargained the price down from 50 to 35 cents.
In the years following he bought more of this type of glass, also often from an antique dealer in town, Mr. Schoonens.

antique white wine glass, made circa 1780 in England
The name for that type of glass used by the antique dealers was:
"paraplu glas",  meaning: umbrella glass.
It seems more a by storm swept umbrella to me, but who am I to question an historical name! Now this type of glass is called:
a stemware glass with a funel shaped, plain or faceted cuppa, with two knops on the stem, on a plain foot with rough or polished-out pontil. 
So it's obvious we still prefer to say: "paraplu glas".
After some time Jaap bought this type of glass in different heights, he placed them in his bedroom windowsill. His mom was not allowed to dust them.
some different sizes, made circa 1820

Jaap learned how to date them by knowing their appearance on paintings, learning how they were made, the techniques used and be able to see how the glassmass had changed, "dropped", during 150 years.
The first ones, with a plain cuppa, were made around 1780 in Holland, Germany, Belgium and France, a little later in England.
The ones with cut facets came into fashion around 1820. Fashion did not change that quickly in thoose times.
white wine glasses, made circa 1780

The green or blue-ish-green ones are for white Rhine wine, they were not colored for the beauty, but to hide that the Rhine wine was not always clear.
In Holland we have a saying: Hij schenkt geen klare wijn - translated: He does not serve clear wine - meaning: He's not frank or honest, he's hiding something

champagne glasses / flutes, made circa 1820 in the Low Countries
Beside the fact that some people find it hard to believe that these elegant glasses are 200 to 230 years old, it is even more difficult to realize in what times they were made; no electricity to regulate the temperature of the fluid glassmass, no trains or automobiles for transport, no bubble wrap to pack them. Knowing wine being expensive in the Low Countries and England, and glass being a luxury, you can imagine that the glasses that survived time are quite rare. They could be afforded by the upper-middle class and by owners of more fancy inn's. Times of using, washing, drunkness, moving, wars went by, sets being split up by inheritances.
It took Jaap 15 years to match 6 flutes dating from circa 1820 with the same height and facets and up to 2002, to get two flutes made circa 1780
champagne glasses / flutes, made circa 1780, in Holland
 It was an anxious moment for me when I saw the two flutes on a fleemarket; I had never seen thoose types, without facets, before in Jaap's collection. He was not there to check them out. But the price I had to pay was worth the mistake I could make. At home I presented them to Jaap ...... they were okay !!!!!
Indeed made in the 18th century.
Why did I hesitate? Because I already knew this type was also made circa 1900-1910 in, anyway, Holland. Made again. I knew I could not see the so called "dropping" of the glassmass, I just did not have the experience to see that. I only knew to be aware when these glasses are to much, or exactly, the same. And when the flutes are made of leaded glass or crystal, they are usually made in the early 20th century. But not always. English glasses are often crystal.
O my goodness, what a confusion !

 antique red wine glasses, made circa 1820 in the Low Countries
To conclude this article I have to mention the reason of the two knops. That's easy. It was just functional. To be able to hold the glass firm in your hand with greasy fingers. Eating and dining without all the cutlery we are used to today, perhaps only with a knife, perhaps a two-pronged fork, but with a large napkin and a glass or a nice glass or a very nice glass
antique white wine glasses in beautiful petrol colors, made circa 1820 in England
Enjoy ! But do not ever put them in the dishwasher !
Jaap will never stop buying these glasses, he has hundreds now.
I asked him why. He said:
"Not one of these glasses are the same, they all differ"

a small part of the collection
Madness !
tekst: Marx Warmerdam
glasses: collection of Delta 98 Den Haag