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Dutch artist Anton Pieck was, among other things, a painter in oil and watercolor, a printmaker in etching, engraving, lithography and woodcarving; a comics artist and an illustrator of calendars, travel books, textbooks and classics like 1001 Arabian Nights (image above, bottom).

He was also a drawing teacher at Kennemer Lyceum in Bloemendaal until he retired in 1960. Pieck was born in 1895, when the “Golden Age” of illustration was in full force. One can only assume that he was exposed to the work of the great illustrators of the time, like Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Kay Neilsen, John Bauer, and in particular, Gustave Tenngren (also here and here).

Pieck’s more popular work has a wonderful visual charm, crafted from fine detail, deft control of color and atmospheric perspective, and fascinating compositions. His illustrations for 1001 Arabian Nights are marvels of book illustration in the classic Golden Age style, vibrant with adventure, moody and evocative in their rendering, and ripe with the sublime enticement of distant lands and exotic cultures.

[Via One1more2time3’s Weblog]


28 responses to “Anton Pieck”

  1. Thanks for this Charley. I have a couple of framed prints of Pieck’s oil paintings of simple town scenes in Holland. I can’t say for sure whether I like them most for his – as I see it – joyful style or because they were given to me by my first and very fondly-remembered (Dutch) girlfriend.

    1. Thanks, peacay. Credit to Hans Bacher, for the post from which I discovered Pieck.

  2. Great to see a post of Anton Pieck on your site. I grew up with his work and have visited “de Efteling” a Dutch amusement parc. Not sure if you know but Anton pieck has designed a large part of the parc. The part he helped design is called “Het sprookjesbos” which means “The fairy tales forest”. Here is a link in English for more info:

    1. Thank, Christa.

      I also found a Wikipedia entry for Efteling.

  3. Pamela Grochala Avatar
    Pamela Grochala

    I have 4 of this artist pictures in frames The greengrocer’s The book shop One looks like a market place a kis and a woman with an umbrella The other a market place with a 2 wheeled bike? Know any thing about these prints tell.

  4. Michelle Avatar

    I bought an Anton Pieck toy shop picture from an estate sale a few years ago. It is carved out of a hard material that almost looks like plastic. The picture is 8X10 and is colored and signed in a banner on the bottom. I have no idea how much this carved picture is worth. Has anyone seen one of these carved pictures before?

  5. B. Stockman Avatar
    B. Stockman

    I have a similar one as you mentioned in a material similar to hard plastic and I would love to know if anton Pieck engraved them in this type of material.

  6. Aiesha Ziyad Avatar
    Aiesha Ziyad

    I just bought an antique Anton Pieck purse its not like any other that i have seen on the internet a neighbor of mines had a yard sell for some property that was abandoned a few years ago and there it was i paid two dollars for it not knowing what it was and just Google d his named because its signed on the box. Does anyone know how I can find out what its worth?

  7. for info about Anton Pieck and his work look at or send your questions to
    this is the website of the AntonPieckClub Nederland and is partly in english

  8. tony perry Avatar
    tony perry

    i have three of anton piecks original etchings that he eched on the back of a ships menu any offers as they are for sale

  9. tony perry Avatar
    tony perry

    tonyperry1@hotmail com

  10. Ann Williams Avatar
    Ann Williams

    Hi, I have inherited two prints by Anton Pieck. One is the “Curiosity Shop” and the other is the “Barber and Pewter Shop”. Do you know what the value of either of these decoupage prints are worth? They are in excellent condition. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

  11. Barbara Giovannoni Avatar
    Barbara Giovannoni

    I have a Anton Pieck print/original 3-D of a cafe, with a flag above the building “Old Queens head” I am not sure if this is his original layering of paper.
    Can you tell me what it is worth, if it is an original. It is framed in a thin gold ornate frame with deep red velvet matting.

    Thank you !

  12. martina oliver Avatar
    martina oliver

    Have a Anton Pieck with a boy playing a flute and a dog and young girl with a basket listening. Also there is a couple looking in a candy store, with a old man smoking a pipe pushing a cart while a old lady with buns in a basket. There is a elephant on top of a door, is there any value to this?

  13. phyllis mediba Avatar
    phyllis mediba

    ihave a very old box that has anton pieck winter fun on ice inside the lid and the outer is painted as well did he make boxes with his painting inside it feels like a real oil painting its real old looking can you help understand this painters work

  14. bazzbat Avatar

    i have 100s of antons prints and im a fanatic of his work thanks for your inserts

  15. Simone Brown Avatar
    Simone Brown

    Hi also have 4 print by Anton Pieck They are no: 0108,0062, 0049, and a skatting scine.
    When were they done.

  16. victor botica Avatar
    victor botica

    hi found a anton 3D picture in a OP shop its has Anton pieck begijnhof Amsterdam 1952.”English Reform Church” in picture

  17. Hi, I have 4 plaques, 2.5″ W by 5.25″ L, of what seems to be Anton Pieck 3D art. From what I have seen on the Internet it is his work but they are signed AP with both letters touching. Can anyone tell me if he also signed his work that way. Thanks!

  18. Cindy Sàvaliski Avatar
    Cindy Sàvaliski

    I have 2 Etched framed 12×16 pictures..the curiosity shop and the clock shop would like to know how much they are worth. They were purchased about 1990 at fund raiser for my son’s elementary school from the Fine Arts Gallery of Ardmore,Inc. Thank you

  19. Grant Gilliland Avatar
    Grant Gilliland

    I have picked up 2 prints of I believe are his prints. One is titled Graveens??? Ansterdam Nd the other is Delft. I am not sure if the spelling is correct however if you could confirm what I have it would be nice. thank you. The first one is of a child holding a womans hand walking in the street and the second is of a man and a cart with a railing beside a canal

    Thanyou again
    Grant Gilliland
    Smiths Falls Ontario

  20. Nancy Brown Avatar
    Nancy Brown

    I also have a shadow box with a man sitting and painting…it reminds me of abalone shells. Lovely. Any news on this and possible value.
    Also have a 15×12 of the clock shop. It appears to be painted on a piece of ceramic or very smooth hard plastic. Any comments on this would be appreciated.

  21. Hi all,

    My mom passed away last Dec. and my dad is now about to move into an independent living community into much smaller digs! Going through all their treasures (my dad’s an artist and mom loved beauty in all its forms) I came across 5 prints of Anton Pieck’s work. They were sold by Donald Art Co. Inc. NY but printed in Holland. The dates range from 1966-1971. Can anyone help me with the value of these prints? Wish I could upload pictures to this site. Thanks!

  22. Don’t know the titles…need to do more research.

  23. Tommie B. Avatar
    Tommie B.

    I found a 3D piece. I LOVED the colors and the overall feel of the piece.
    The signs in the picture said, “De Verguilde Appet,” and had a train/trolley going down the street.

    Did he do 3D art or did D.A.C create them with prints that they had?

    I’m pretty excited, because I wanted to collect more and found that they are not expensive online.

  24. I have an Anton Pieck piece of artwork which was painted on resin and has a wood frame. It is signed and when a light is placed behind it, is quite beautiful. “COACH STATION” was purchased from Art Guild Galleries in 1978. Would love to know today’s value. VAR

  25. Marni Erickson Avatar
    Marni Erickson

    I have come across a piece from Anton Pieck. “The Curiosity shop” I have never seen this material before, it reminds me of melted plastic. Could you tell me the name of this material and what this kind of picture is called. I really appreciate ANY information/feedback. Thank you.

  26. Leonel Garza Avatar
    Leonel Garza

    Today I bought artwork of A. PIECK,,,,the name is The Red hart,,,,,this is also a work in , who knows, melted plastic or resine….this is a good shape beautiful work ,,only needs a new frame and will test backlight, whatever looks best