The King of Groningen. Jan Albert Sichterman (1692-1764

20 September 2014 to 01 March 2015

The art collection of Jan Albert Sichterman (1692-1764), one of the most striking figures of the eighteenth century
An impressive collection of Asian ceramics, beautiful porcelain, splendid portraits painted by Philip van Dijk, Cornelis Troost and others, inconceivably fine pappercutting by Koster, furniture, silver, chintz, and of course, memories of Clara the rhinoceros.
These are all extraordinary items from the rich collection of Jan Albert Sichterman, a merchant from Groningen. After his death in 1764, his art collection was auctioned off and the collection largely dispersed. Fortunately, many collection pieces remained within the family and, in the course of time, the Groninger Museum has also been able to acquire several items.  
With this exhibition, the Groninger Museum has seized the exceptional opportunity to gather together what has been diffused since 1764. For this occasion, the Museum’s own Sichterman collection has been supplemented by hitherto unshown objects from private collections, as well as a number of works on loan. Never before has so much Chine de Commande porcelain owned a single family been exhibited in our country.

  • De Leidse Rhinoceros, Johann Dietrich Findorff (Lauenburg an der Elbe 1722-1772 Ludwigslust). Collectie Staatliches Museum, Schwerin. © bpk - Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte, Berlin / Staatliches Museum Schwerin.
  • Paper art, created in 1746 on the occasion of the silver wedding of the Groninger merchant Jan Sichterman Albert (1692-1763) and his wife Sibilla Volkera Sadelijn (1699-1781)