Big surprise in broadcast Between art and kitsch in Enschede: ‘Broken dish’ turns out to be worth a fortune | show

A broken Delft blue dish, which is in a box in the attic somewhere in the Netherlands, turns out to be worth a fortune. The owner appeared on the television program with the sign on Monday evening Between art and kitschwhich was included in the Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede.

It is a small miracle that the man still has the dish in his possession at all. “I collect a bit myself, but this plate comes from an estate. It came to me about thirty years ago. I didn’t know what to do with the dish at first, so I just swapped it with friends. Years later I came to people’s homes to buy a number of Delft plates and this copy was included again.”

The plate does not have a nice place in the living room or in the kitchen for the man. “I don’t have room for it, so it’s in a box. I’m not going to put a broken plate at home, am I? Then it is very bad for me.”

The dish, made by Jacob Wemmersz. Hoppesteyn. © Between Art and Kitsch

Rembrandt among the Delft pottery

Appraiser Robert Aronson thinks very differently about this. He raves about the ‘broken plate’. “Guys, this is the Rembrandt of Delft pottery. This is so incredibly rare, with such incredible sophistication.” Whether he has ever seen something so special in the television program before? “No, really never. This is a dream come true!”

According to the art expert, the plate was made somewhere around 1670 by Jacob Wemmersz. Hoppesteyn. “Not much is known about this man. We did a census years ago. We then came to 44 marked pieces, but this dish was not included. There are undoubtedly some still floating around somewhere, but I suspect that there are at most 50 marked pieces of Delftware by him all over the world.”

Appraiser Robert Aronson reports how much the sign is worth.
Appraiser Robert Aronson reports how much the sign is worth. © Between Art and Kitsch


Due to its rarity, according to Aronson, it doesn’t matter if the board is damaged. “It’s like discovering a Rembrandt and saying ‘there’s a spot on it’. Yes, you no longer see that spot, it is a Rembrandt that you discover. That is actually the case here as well.”

The cracks can be repaired, he says. “I would have a museum restoration carried out. At the back you can still see the fracture lines, but at the front it will be made invisible. Then you have a beautiful picture with a great history.”

Board turns out to be worth a fortune

No less than 1,749,000 viewers were eventually told how much the board, which is in a box somewhere in the Netherlands, is actually worth. “Even in this situation I dare to say with dry eyes that the dish is worth 30,000 euros.” The owner himself is obviously surprised. “I never expected this. How much money!”

Incidentally, the considerable amount does not come close to the record: in 2011, a participant came with the canvas The Lacemaker by the painter Joost van Geel. That was valued at no less than 250,000 euros.

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