Telltale, anonymous, c. 1780 - c. 1792

Telltale, anonymous, c. 1780 - c. 1792

parcel-gilt silver, glass, wax, d 8.5cm × h 1.9cm. More details

When the back of the telltale is heated, for instance with a candle, a portrait of Hendrik Daniëlsz Hooft, Burgomaster of Amsterdam and supporter of the Dutch Patriots, appears. Also visible are a keeshond and an aphorism translatable as: ‘He lives hidden in a cloud in the heart of the Batavian people’. The owner of the object thus reveals his patriotic sympathies.

On display in room 1.10

Collections with this work

Interestingly

Svetlana

March 31 2017 - 154 works 411 6

Altered states

Marmel

August 26 2016 - 13 works 0 0

Unhiglights

De Museumdocent

April 20 2017 - 4 works 0 0

Make your own creations with this work