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.


Delta 98 Den Haag selling on

some of the items, recently sold on

by Delta 98 Den Haag,

The Hague, The Netherlands

- sold to a collector in the USA –
a vintage 35 mm rangefinder camera, the
 Leica III f
made 1953-1954, by: Ernst Leitz Wetzlar, Germany
with a collapsible, screw mount lens: Leitz Elmar f=5 cm 1:3,5
and a Leica leather case

- sold to a French collection –
Papua Oceania tribal art, a
Harpoon Head made by the Asmat People 
of Irian Jaya, New Guinea, Indonesia
the point is of bone with carved flukes
and on the revers it has 10 small notches carved into the bone
the rattan holds a wooden / bamboo socket in the hollow part of the bone 
- were the long throwing haft would be put in - 
and it has it's original rattan / cane loop to attache the fisherman's rope,
see the collection of the Museum voor Volkenkunde in Leiden, The Netherlands,
search: harpoenpunt asmat 

- now in a collection in Romania –
a small, circa 1800
antique Russian Orthodox traveling Icon
with silver cover - oklad
depicting The Holy Mother Mary and The Child Jesus Christ

- sold to a buyer in the USA – 
a rare, because early, executed between 1900 and 1910,
and therefor also an extremely beautiful modelled specimen, executed with great detail, a moving porcelain figure of an
Albino Monkey
 that is looking at an insect on it's hand, whether to see it as an enemy or friend.
This story is never told when you find sales of this piece of Heubach.
An albino monkey, not welcom in his group, because of his strange, white color, so often very lonely. Now an other creature has approached him and 
there is a touch, a feel, a contact, perhaps a friend....
made by Gebrüder Heubach, from Lichte, Thuringen, Germany,

this mark was used between 1900 and 1925

we would say it is an early figurine, probably between 1900-1910, because of it's wonderful and precise details, for example the detailed modeling of the skull, fur, fingers, toes, nails and the slight, delicat colouring of ears and mouth

length: circa 18,5 cm / 7.3 inch


- sold to a buyer from Brazil -
a rare and large, authentic art nouveau  / jugendstil period
decorated with a maiden reaching out and flowers,
executed and marked between 1880 and 1914, by
AK & Cie - Albert Kohler und Cie, Vienna, Austria.
In 1900 WMF took over AK & Cie,
but continued to use the name AK & Cie until 1914.
length: 54,5 cm / 21.4 inch, height: 31,5 cm / 12.4 inch 

tribal art from Melanesia - Oceania, a good and old etnografic object, formed as a shield like totem, known as a
Gope Board

and as Ancestor / Spirit board or Kwoi / Hohao,

and sometimes spelled as Go-pay or Kope,

from the region of the Sepik River, on Papua New Guinea

made of a soft wood, carved with stone tools, slightly hollow shaped
with a high relief, curvilineer decoration organised around a fractionated human like face in a mass of meandering lines
it represents a member of the Lau-haere, the Historical People, meaning mythological personages who hunt the bush

with pigment of natural colors, red black and white,  through the years the red has darkened, the white has fainted
- sold to a private collection in Texas, USA -

a carved, gilded and painted wooden case, with glass side panels and a wax doll, a late Baroque, early 18th century shrine with the Child Jesus

this religious shrine might have been made in a monastery or convent in Europe
and is sometimes refered to as
religious folkart, Klosterwerk, monastery or convent work.
- sold to a private collection on Malta -

a carved wooden figure of a standing female, an altar or ancestor figure,

we attribute it to the

Niongom People - Dogon - Mali

we date this carving as pre 1800

carved of very hard, brown wood with encrusted patina,
important detail: arrow shaped nose,
rare detail: the star shaped eyes (so not diamond, nor lozenge shaped)
the star shaped eyes might refer to this figure having the knowledge of the stars, in particular Sirius, or the Sorghum Female star / Emme Ya Tolo - or the Star of Women / Nyan Tolo

it is carved with a helmet shaped head, elongated arrow-shaped nose, free carved arms that are obvious missing, but for a very long time judging to the patine at the spots where they should have been,
sligtly bended knees, the lower legs are missing - also for a long time
- sold to a private French collection -

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 originating 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