Signed “J. Jans,” (Mrs. A. J. F. Jans, b. Netherlands Indies, c. 1850–after 1920)
This batik combines late-Victorian artistic conventions—lovebirds, floral wreaths, cupids, and a general ornateness—with the European Art Nouveau style, expressed by the blue-and-pink borders on either side of the kepala. The “lace” edging is especially elaborate with deep scallops filled with four-petaled white Ixora blossoms, while the badan is filled with a scattering of sweet-smelling jasmine blossoms.
Hand-drawn wax resist, brush- and vat-dyed on plain-weave cotton
Pekalongan, Coastal Central Java
Bureau of the Royal Household, Inv. #182