AN INDONESIAN SILVER COMMEMORATIVE SALVER, 'GEDACHTENIS PIRING'
Indonesia, Jakarta (Batavia), circa 1738, with maker's mark H.S. or S.H. (act. 1714-1742)
The beautifully sculpted rim, on each half-corner decorated with scallop motif, the center richly engraved with text in a scrolling flower bordered medallion.
Diam. 35.7 cm
This salver is to commemorate Susanna Stroeck, born in Batavia 15 November 1710 – died 9 March 1738. The central engraving inside an oval shield of C-scrolls and foliage centred by a winged head with elaborate hairstyle, reading: Ter Gedagtenisse van Mejuff(rouw) Susanna Stroeck, Huijsvrouw van D’ E(dele) Jan Patijn Baasmetselaar in dienst der E(dele) Compagnie Gebooren tot Batavia, Den 15(de) November A(nno) 1710 Overleden den 9(de) Maart A(nno) 1738 Oudt zijnde 27 Jaaren 3 Maanden En 22 Dagen. (To commemorate Susanna Stroeck, wife of Jan Patijn, a chief bricklayer in the service of the VOC, born in Batavia 1710, died 1738 at the age of 27) Just a year after Susanna’s death Jan Patijn was living in Maassluis, his birth town, where he married Trijntje Denik on December 20 1739. In 1748 Trijntje lived as a widow in Maassluis and Jan apparently had died. In 1739 Jan had arrived in Maassluis together with Maria Stroeck, born in Batavia and his deceased wife, Susanna Strroeck’s sister. Maria married Leendert Denik, widower living in Maassluis and Trijntjes brother