Amsterdam's Allard Pierson Museum keeps disputed Crimea treasure to avoid legal fight


THE HAGUE (AFP).- A Dutch museum said on Wednesday it would delay the return of Crimean archaeological treasures it is exhibiting, fearing a legal tussle with either Russia or Ukraine.

The priceless medieval artefacts, on loan from four Crimean museums, went on display at Amsterdam’s Allard Pierson Museum in February, less than a month before the peninsula was annexed by Russia.

The museums, now under Russian authority, have asked for them to be returned, while the Ukrainian government in Kiev has also claimed the treasures.

The exhibition, entitled “The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea”, features items spanning the 2nd century BC to the late medieval era, including a ceremonial Scythian helmet made from gold, as well as a lacquered box, originally from China, which in Roman times found its way to Crimea via the Silk Road. Read more.

OS, Jan van

Dutch painter (b. 1744, Middelharnis, d. 1808, Den Haag)

River Landscape


Oil on canvas, 71 x 89 cm

Private collection

Painter and poet, part of a Dutch family of artists. The dynasty was founded by Jan van Os and included his sons Pieter Gerardus van Os (1776-1839), painter and etcher, and Georgius van Os, painter, his daughter, the fruit and flower painter Maria Margaretha van Os (1780-1862), and his grandson, the painter of landscapes with horses and cattle Pieter Frederik van Os (1808-1892).

After moving to The Hague at an early age, Jan van Os was apprenticed to Aert Schouman. In 1773 he became a member of the painters’ club Pictura. Two years later he married the deaf-mute pen portraitist Susanna de La Croix, daughter of the French portraitist Pierre Frédéric de La Croix (1709-82), also a deaf-mute. Although van Os started his career with paintings of seascapes in the manner of Jan van de Cappelle and Willem van de Velde the Younger - a genre that he continued to employ throughout his life - he was most famous for his asymmetrically composed pyramidal still-lifes of fruit and flowers in the manner of Jan van Huysum. These are set, like those of van Huysum, on a marble ledge, often with a terracotta vase, against a pale green landscape background. Van Os acquired an international reputation for his still-lifes: his work was valued highly both in England, where he exhibited at the Society of Arts in London from 1773 to 1791, and in France and Germany. Dated flower and fruit pieces survive from 1765 onwards.

The painting depicts a river landscape with moored sailing boats and a village behind, a still-life of cabbages, carrots, hares and a black hen in the foreground.

The painting is signed lower centre.


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