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Batik cloth
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This object clearly shows how a Javanese technique was incorporated in Dutch Art Nouveau. Internationally it is seen as the most authentic Dutch contribution to this movement. Batiks of Thorn Prikker are extremely rare.

History of the Object
The Dutch artist Johan Thorn Prikker was a central figure in the arts and crafts movement "Art nouveau". This movement considered art to be strongly connected to crafts. In the last decade of the 19th century artists started to experiment with the batik technique. In the end, the movement proved to be too idealistic because of the working process, their products were too expensive.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Cotton 
Measurements
106x195 cm 
Creator name
Johan Thorn Prikker 
Creator date
1868-1932 
Where it was made
Netherlands; The Hague 
Geography
Netherlands 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; 1898/1899 
Function
Table cloth with batik decoration depicting a jumping mouse in art nouveau style. 
Acquisition
It was a gift to the Colonial Museum in Haarlem, the direct predecessor of the Tropenmuseum by Johan Thorn Prikker, the artistic leader of the Arts and Crafts Trading Company in the Hague. 
Copyright
No information, data or images may be published or reproduced without written permission of KIT Tropenmuseum. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam 
Museum
Tropenmuseum 
Credit line
©Tropenmuseum 

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