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One years Indonesia Independence commerative postcard

One years Indonesia Independence commerative postcard

“One years Indonesia Independence commerative postcard “ in postally used condition only one ever seen, provenance Dr Iwan S.(ex coll.)


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This blog content grew  from the private published  first books “The Indonesia Independence War Postal History ” (Sejarah Pos Perang Kemerdekaan Indonesia) with the informations from Mr Ramkema espesially the information sheet of Dai Nippon Club Nederland and an information about V. Esbensen from GoGo phillatelic Shop Braga street Bandung in 1985.

At the same time ,  V.Esbensen made proposal to published  Indonesian Revolutionary Period Postal History Handbook  and asked Dr Iwan to joined this project , but not finished  because he moved from Canada to Singapore after he made a catalogue with the same tittle for an auction of Mr Vrijdag collections, and in 1998  we heared that he was passed away(in memoriam), good by our best friend.

In 1985 Mr P.Bulterman from Nederland came to the IUC ‘s founder, but the Indonesia Independence Postal history collection didn’t sold , but some were sold to Indonesia collectors and all were sold at Nederland Auction and USA collectors in 2004-2008 .

 In 1998 the Five Star Phillatelic Club This first book will be published but didn’t issued because of the political ,  economic and multidimensial crisis  . but in  1990 and 2001 mr Bulterman published catalague postal stationer of this period with Dai Nippon Period , few West Sumatra and Lampong Postal Stationer he found from IUC founders  .

In 2008 Mr Vosse ,secretary of Dai Nippon Phillatelic Club Nederland published the Revenue catalogue this period combination with Dai Nippon era.

He asked the IUC Founders to sell the Reveneu collestion unlist in his catalogue via Mr Judi & Suwito Tangerang but I told them to wait until the book published.

The new unique collections in this book are found with many support from the IUC ‘s founder friend like Mr Harry Hutabarat, Aris Siregar, Ir Untung, Udin, Mamat, the Man from Jogya and Solo,the son of immemorian Gazali Nasution, inmemoriam Mr Tom Bleeker and his friend Father Frans Siemerink, inmemoriam Ir Zakir, Inmoriam Mr Gho Kong Liang who was the first Indonesian phillatelist have gave the IUC Founder information about the postal History   and his friend Phoa Lin kwee who have made many phillatelic covers( Cancelled To Order).

  Some phillatelic ‘s collectors and traders didn’t like to help the IUC’s Founder because  they afraid their high value collections will be undervalue and they afraid another collector didn’t want the collections after the IUC’s Founder chosed. We hope after read this book , they will change their opinion.

All the unique and high value collections were found alone as a given from many friends during the youth age circa the years 1957 to 1970 , and until this time not found anymore.


                                                                                          The Editors

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1.FEB. 9






C. THE SECOND BOOK  OF IUC IN ENGLISH “THE INDONESIAN UNIQUE YUAN-MING RED & BLUE  DECORATIONS CERAMIC” ,About The unique Yuan & Ming red and blue colour decoration based on the sherd & restored ceramic found in Indonesia , comparative  analysis with the basic history  and faounding in the recent ceramic literature.


D.THE THIRD BOOK  OF IUC IN ENGLISH”THE INDONESIAN UNIQUE BOOKS” , about the ancient, antiquarian books and other unique books found in Indonesia  . The books about Indonesia and global travelking, art, political etc.



 NEW IUC FOUNDING, ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS, Schmeitz,J.D.E; Internationales fur Etnographie Band(Volume )I,Trap,Leiden,Leroux ,Paris ;Trubner ,London;Steiger,Nw-York, 1888.With 22 Table and text illustrattions.


 In this books three interesting writings , first about “ the collections of  chamanismus and cultus Amurfolk from Berlin ethnographic Museum  collections , by A.Woldt,Berlin with two tabels with 55 ilustrations. Second,”A Singapore Streetscene,by Schlegel ,Leiden ,  with  one plate and 17  text ills.

Third, “Olah Nguju In Borneo by Grabowsky,with one Tabel with 7 illustrations about Dayak magic amulet  ceremony like Sambrup, lampat hedjang, Radja ontong, Srangan hambaruan, pangantoho etc.




a.       Indonesian revolution’s stamps:  Dutch East Indies ,Danser 10 cent with DaiNippon straight  hand choped violet  overprint , Tapanoeli republic handchopped small RepIndonesia Oblique, used with straightline halte pos “(B)RASTAGI” off Covers, very rare if still in complete postal covers/stationary.


      This stamps wlll illustrated in the next  IUC book.”The Unque Indonesians Independence Revolt Document and Postal History collections”

b. Art,s Book”Die Kunst Des Alten Persien von Friedrich Sarre,Bruno Cassirer Verlag Berlin, 1922” about the Persia (now Irak) art works, with 150 Tabels illustrations in the world Many art work s in Irak broken and loss during the fall of Sadam Husein in 2006.   




a. The fourth IUC books ” The Indonesian Independence Revolt Document and Postal History Collections” in English, just starting to product. Some illustrations will list in next weeks.


b. The fifth IUC books “The Indonesia Travel’s unique collectiona” just starting to product about the unique collections found during   travel around Indonesia and  all around Asia/the world by Indonesian colectors  in the late XXth-XXIst century or international collectors in before 1950, XIX Ct after 1850 and before 1850-Ancient times.


c.The book with unique layout used  “the contemporary wayang design’s ephemera”written by Ajidarma,Seno Gumira, Surat Dari Palmerah (The Letters From Palmerah, Jakarta street’s name where the Jakart-Jakarta magazine located, in 1999 the goeverment  forbidden to produced this magazine because the political situations), Indonesia in the Mehong’s Politic 1996-1999 ( during the exchanged of power from the New Regime to the Reformation’s Regime In Indonesia), Kepustakaan Populer Indonesia (Indonesia Populer Library) ,Gramedia,Jakarta,2002.

      This unique give the IUC new layout Idea to the Unique Wayang & Other Java Ethnic Collection’s Book(just during productions , the information  will writing in the next month  .

      The IUC hope Mr Ajidarma and KPI Gramedia will’not  forbiding us  to copy that unique layout style, but with the original old Wayang’s decorations from antiquarians books and Ephemera.




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Wayang berber watercolor painting 1945









This writings grew from a special issue of Indonesia Unique Collection(IUC) 2009.


A galery of the IUC and most unique memorable Wayang & other Java ethnic  collections , the issue was hailed by readers, some of whom wrote to suggest the contents should be collected in more permanent form.


Following their advice, IUC published  “The Indonesian Unique Wayang  & Other Java Ethic Collections” in hardcovers from this years.


The book was a greatly enhanced version that allowing the presentation of many more pictures of the collections and permitting the writers Dr.Iwan S. , comentator Anton J.S.  and Photographer Albert S. To expand their informed and insightful survey of their subject.


This first edition of this IUC ‘s book updates the final chapter of the writing to include image that have already achieved the status of contemporary icons : The used of wayang and Java ethnic ephemera as book illustrations ,  ”The Letters from Palmerah” writing by Ajidarma ,published by Gramedia Popular Library,in 1999.


Readers will find the Mysery, honered and Magic Java Human character in the images collected here- but they will also courage and dedction on the other side of the collector’s or commoner’s eyes.

The Introduction of the Wayang collections haved put in this blog, please click Indonesia Wayang Collection (Intro), consist the Founder preface and Chronologic historic wayang collection before Islamic Came to Indonesia and During Islamic in Indonesia.
This Introductions will be illustrated with the each type of collections belonged to uniquecollection founder that put in uniquecollection cybermuseum and later the detail illustration from each type of the collection :

1. Ancient Handwritten and handpainted on the native paper of Wayang punakawan early 19th century

2. The Story of Wayang Karucil -1900

3. The early 20th century Wayang Matchbox label and picture postcard

4. The Wayang painting card in the rare JC Lamster book “Indie” 1928

5. The wayang berber Painting 1945

6. other illustration       






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The complex innovation of Chinese potters are unique accomplisments int the cultural heritage of mankind*1)

Chinese ceramics are universally the art object most sought by collectors *2)

European were struck with “China mania”*3).


The purpose of this book- based as it is on comprehensive  fragment and restored collections of the unique Yuan-Ming  red and white colors decorations  ceramics.

The type and themes of that rare ceramics most intersesting for collector s and investors  because they have always made mistake value estimation*4)  and  the plaque of reproductions that has recently flooded the international market *5)

The problems above, were one of the porpuse to write this books , if the collectors knows the authentics one , the copies can-not grown.  

No English-language study of Chinese ceramic found in Indonesia , especially the unique and rare Yuan and Ming ceramc can found in Indonesia brought by Mongols army during Mongol-Java*6) affairs and  Ming ceramic brought by Cenghe,*7)        

Copies of underglaze-blue and underglaze-red wares of the “Yuan “ dynasty provoked  international lawsuits.*8)

Near the end of the 15th century , probably as a respond to the popularity and high price of Chinese blue-and-white porcelein , the Ottoman court in Istanbul decided to sponsor the production of high-quality ceramic *9)

*1) He Li(2007) page 9

From the eight- ninth centuries onward , innumeralbe Chinese ceramic wares were transport along the silk road route, reaching as far west as Egypt and Africa.(From the country in that area only some wares send  to Indonesia and other South East Asia country-auth)


*2) ibid *1 page 9

Practical, decorative ceramic wares , howeever his or hers culture and social status. Perhaps this is why Chinese ceramic are universally the art objects most sought after by museums and individual collectors having intersest in the art of Asia.


*3)ibid *1 page 11

Interest in underglaze blue ware in Europe was accelerated by export wares shipped from china to South east Asia ( including Indonesia as the tranfereed ports like Tuban ,Cheribon and Banten –auth)

Later, the connoisseurship of object with brilliant polychrome decoration benefied from the export of porcelein by sea from southen China , primarily managed by the Dutch Eas Indie company (VOC-auth), frm the seventeenth century.

For next two centuries , Europeans were struck with “China Mania” as evidence  in objects from smaal plates for use by middle class buyers to precious decoratives objects for display in royal palaces and stately homes( In some are in Indonesia as the status symbols oh the high society or the sultans family espcially in Sumatra-auth) 


A lack of investigation into how costume changed in the course of time has resulted in anchronistic interpretations for figural object.

*4) ibid *1 page 9-10


The lack study of peripheral  kiln has ,so far , impeded Westren  (Including Indonesia-auth) of this important industries . For example the type of white –glazed porcelein from Dehua in Fujian province (I just travel there, my grandpa homeland Tjiangtjieo(Changqou)-auth)., comonly known in the west as “Blanc de chine” and generally thought to date from the seventeenth century, as, in fact, first produce in tenth century. In he historical introductiion to each chapter , new discoveries by regional ceramics expert are reported. 


 *5) ibid *1 page 10

Among  countless examples there is the case of an earthen wares pot, wrongly painted in a Banshan pattern combined  with that of the  later Machang phase.

Numerous pieecs with a bright green glaze eloborate details, both totally alien to artistic mood of the  period, have bewildered even the professional eye of expert who took them to be Han lead-glazed wares.

Beautiful modern pieces imitating qingbai, cizhoun, yue celadon , and jun wares ot the Song  dynasty are offered for sale in antique shop.

The appearance of copies of stunning original pieces published  in the context  of archeological sites or famous collectins seems to be frequent occurrence.

*6) Groenevelt(1880)

Mongol –Java affairs

*7) ibid 6

  Seven Chengze exploration indonesia



*8) ibid 1* page 9-10

            Neverless , reproducing famous types of sung ceramics is a tradition that persisted for centurisnsince the Yuan,

            The copying of underglaze-blue and polychrome decorated wares of the Ming Continued throughout the Qing dynasty into the early century.

            Nowadays  China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and some countries in Southeast Asia –produce classical Chinese type either for sale as” antiques” or torevive the techniques of the past; such piesces may passed off as “ authentic” after a coule canges of ownerships.( I have seen many Indonesia antique collections more than 90 % were copies, that is way the ceramic fragmentary decomuntation very important to know the real authentic or copies ceramic-auth)


*9)Denny,Walter B.;Iznik The Artistry of Ottoman Ceramics , Thanes & Hudson ,Amherst  ,Massachusetts , 2004 page 51 ,71,& 133.

            Quite naturraly, the cout officialsresponsible for this new artistic initiative turned to Iznik, because of  its already existing ceramic tradition and proximity  coth to Istambul  and to the source of fuel. No document survive to record the founding of the new manufactories , we may assume that the task given to them  was to produce high-quality ceramic s that would rival the expensive  and rare  imported Chines porcelein. 


            The triumph of Iznik underglze-painted tiles ceramic

1510-1550. The phenomen neoclassical mania occured in the ottoman empire in the mid-16 century, with the emergence of what subsequent centuries have come to regard as the classical ottoman cout style.

This some phenomena occured  in Europe later in same century after the decline of the Italian Opera (dramatic change  in patron taste of 15th century  Italian paintings)  in London 1728.


Te Iznik artisan has managed the approximate the more blackish blue of the Chineseoroginal, Indeed, during the period between 1535nand 1565, Iznik artist probably produced ore works directly insipred by Chimese blue-and-white period of the first quater of the century. They used  the chinese models as inspirations, sometimes bearing a close relationship to its Chinese inspiration and other times avery remote one.



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” Red flower decorations in Glazed”

ill.gc.2” Red flower decorations in Glazed” of the Onion Kendi(vassel) Yuan-Ming transitions maybe bring by Cheng He (Sampo) as a friendly given to Indonesian’s King or Regent , restored fgraments, very rare & best red color.

This illustration was chosen as the cover of IUC book ”The Indonesian Unique Yuan-Ming Red &Blue Decorations Ceramic”

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"Orang Utan"

ill.gc.1 “Orang Utan” original engraved from antiquarian books ,Abel, Clarke;”Narative Journey to Interior China”,Longman,1819.This illustration made by Abel during the journey in Java before came to China, best painting with beautiful colour.

            This illustration was chosen as the IUC limited editions books Cover”Indonesian Unique Collections 2009”

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