I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty
to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to
study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history,
naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture
in order to give their children a right to study painting,
poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelains.
- John Adams to Abigail Adams, May 12, 1780
(source: Chinese export porcelain in North America, (J. McClure Mudge, New York 2000))
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Specialized in fine Chinese and Japanese 17th and 18th century export porcelain, I try to offer interesting objects in a wide price range for the beginner and veteran collector.
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When I was a little boy, my father took me along on Saturday afternoons to visit local antiques dealers and auction houses to study and discuss Chinese and Japanese ceramic objects.
Through these visits I came into contact with special and unique people and learned by listening and observing how they discussed their objects with passion and affection. They taught me what to look at when determining an object's age, state or origin.
The people I was surrounded by triggered my curiosity and interest in wanting to learn more about my country's trade history with China and Japan. Over the years I steadily learned more about oriental ceramics by reading about the subject, visiting museums and studying their collections.
In 1982, Mr. Rieks Kessels (a local antiques dealer) gave me an 18th century Chinese famille rose plate. He used this plate in his antiques store to cut and serve cake to his customers while drinking tea and discussing oriental ceramics. This gift laid the foundation for creating my own Chinese and Japanese ceramics collection.
In that same year, I had two major desires - oriental ceramics on the one hand, a 50 cc motorbike on the other. Guess what I decided for: I bought my first piece of oriental ceramics, a Japanse Imari teapot.
During the following 27 years I built up a quite exquisite collection and I still continue to collect today.
At the beginning of 2010 I decided that I wanted to start my own business, buying and selling Chinese and Japanese ceramics, and to combine my knowledge and passion that way. Pater Gratia Oriental Art was born!
Hans van Baarsen
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