A.J. Kalff, 1819-20
Three designs for window treatments
One signed and dated ‘AJ Kalff / 2 / 1819’, one signed and dated ‘AJ Kalff / 7 / 1820’
Pencil, watercolour, watermark Pro Patria with letters KD underneath, 320 x 198 mm; pencil, watercolour, watermark Van der Ley, 258 x 433 mm; pencil, watercolour, watermark J Honig & Zoonen, 300 x 455 mm
Private collection, The Netherlands
These three designs for window treatments, including fringed curtains, valances, curtain poles, tasselled embrasses and even festoons underneath the lower windows sills.1 Two designs are signed by a certain A.J. Kalff, and dated 1819 and 1820, while the third design is unsigned and undated – this however appears to be from the same period, although it may have been executed by a slightly better hand. Kalff is not known as a draughtsman or designer, but he, or she, may have been a talented amateur.
The striking colour contrasts are typical of the period. Designs for window treatments are exceedingly rare, as are surviving curtains from this period around the beginning of the nineteenth century. A rare, slightly earlier survival, is the Neoclassical room constructed in Haarlem for the house of the collector Willem Philip Kops ot he Nieuwe Gracht 74, designed by Abraham van der Hart around 1795.2 The room, including furniture, chimney and curtains, is now housed in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (fig.).
SOLD TO THE RIJKSMUSEUM, AMSTERDAM
1. For window treatments from this period, see C. Willemijn Fock (ed.), Het Nederlandse interieur in beeld 1600-1900, Zwolle 2001, pp. 361-75.
2. Reinier J. Baarsen, Dirk Jan Biemond, Robert-Jan A. te Rijdt, Frits Scholten, Nederlandse kunst in het Rijksmuseum 1700-1800, Amsterdam/Zwolle 2006, pp. 204-06, cat.no. 94.Request more information »