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Cupvases and the interaction between East and West.

The Jan Menze van Diepen Foundation recently acquired four beautiful objects in London in the field of Eastern ceramics and Western ceramics.

First of all, two Chinese Wucai cupvases from approximately 1628 -1643 and more than 39 cm high. In addition, two Dutch Delft blue high vases from approximately 1700 and 35 cm high.
The narrow tall vases all four have the same structure with a thickened band in the middle of the vase. The decorations are also surprisingly uniform.

The two Chinese Continue reading

Jan Menze van Diepen

Jan Menze van Diepen.


Jan Menze van Diepen was born in 1905 in the city of Groningen, in a family of shipbuilders.

From an early age he had a love for art and history. In a period of over 50 years he collected a vast and varied collection.

From his parents he inherited his love of Asian ceramics. Building on their collection, he managed to put together a superb collection.

During the second world war he started another important part of the collection: prints and ceramics concerning the House of Orange-Nassau.

Van Diepen collected not only for himself. He tried as much as possible to let others enjoy.

Jan Menze van Diepen died in Haren, on February 26 1994.

Asian ceramics

Jan Menze van Diepen collected an impressive and varied collection of Asian ceramics and Asian glass.

This collection consists of more than 2800 objects and has been designated as one of the largest private collections in the Netherlands. The collection includes a wide range of styles periods and forms from the history of the manufacture of Asian porcelain.

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Some examples;

In the sizeable Van Diepen collection, the share of so-called snuff bottles and Chinese glass is relatively limited, there are around 250. By European standards, this Asian glass collection is stil of a considerable amount.

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Some examples;


Book Oranje-Nassau collection

Fourth publication in the series “Selections from the collection of the Jan Menze van Diepen Foundation”.


This publication is dedicated to prints, ceramics and orangana of the House of Oranje-Nassau.

Regal Variations

Jan Menze van Diepen (1905-1994) collected over 5,000 works of art and objects concerning the House of Oranje-Nassau. The prints, ceramics and orangana provide a fascinating and varied picture of five centuries of history of the House of Oranje-Nassau.


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Selection from the Collection
Topographic Maps and Prints

This publication, the third in the series of selections from the collection of Jan Menze van Diepen Foundation is dedicated to the topographic maps and prints.

boek topografie

Collector Van Diepen, acquired 586 maps and prints, mainly of the province and the city of Groningen.

In addition, he collected fortress maps, maps of the Wadden Sea, and of the Seven (or Seventeen) provinces. Also fascinating are the prints of historic sites in Groningen.

Selection from the collection Oriental ceramics

Second catalogue about the collection of the Jan Menze van Diepen Stichting.

boek oosterse keramiek

This publication  is dedicated to export-porcelain from China and Japan. Van Diepen’s rich collection of about 2500 pieces contains many interesting and rare specimens, of which 145 are depicted and described in this catalogue.

Selection from the fine arts collection

First catalogue about the collection of the Jan Menze van Diepen Stichting.

boek beeldende kunst

In this catalogue 60 works, made by in total 30 artists, get special attention. This selection shows the versatile interests of Van Diepen for the fine arts of his time. The many coloured illustrations present paintings and water-colours, but also graphic art is ample represented.


In a period of over 50 years , Jan Menze van Diepen brought together a very extensive and varied collection.

The entire collection of nearly 10.000 objects can be divided into five main sub-collections:

1. Asian ceramics and glass ( approximately 2800 objects).




2. Oranje-Nassau prints (approximately 2600 objects).


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3. Oranje-Nassau ceramics (approximately 1000 objects).


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4. Visual arts (mainly Groninger artists (about 700 objects).


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5. Topographic maps and prints of the province of Groningen (about 600 objects).


You can also search in a part of our database for specific objects with the details of these objects.