Blue Macaw

Meissener Porzellan Manufaktur, 1731, BK-17496

German scientists discovered the ingredients of Chinese porcelain in the 18th century. Elector August the Strong was such a fan of this hard, translucent white material that he filled his Japanese Palace in Dresden with porcelain objects. In the 1730s, he had a series of large birds and animals…

On display in room 1.4

Seated Cupid

Étienne-Maurice Falconet, 1757, BK-1963-101

This famous statue already had many nicknames in the 18th century. Perhaps the best known is l’amour menaçant - menacing love. The menace is mainly in the love god’s expression, while his gesture makes us complicit, through silence. The statue was carved for Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV…

On display in room 1.9

A Dutch Merchant, Possibly Andreas…

Chitqua (attributed to), c. 1770, figure, BK-1976-49

Van Braam Houckgeest ran the Dutch East India Company (VOC) base in Canton harbour in south China from 1790 to 1795. He may have commissioned this figure of himself on a previous journey in China. Chinese sculptor Chitqua specialised in this kind of clay portrait, mainly for foreigners. Similar…

On display in room 1.5

Birds with Twigs and Fruits

anonymous, 1750 - 1800, brocade paper, RP-D-00-176

De tempel van Ceres…

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1776 - 1778, drawing, RP-T-1960-205

Venetiaanse pantoffelparade

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1740 - 1770, drawing, RP-T-1981-68

The Nieuwe Kerk and the Town Hall…

Isaac Ouwater, c. 1780 - c. 1790, painting, SK-A-305

On display in room 1.11

Landschap met koeien, schapen en…

Jean-Etienne Liotard, 1761, drawing, SK-A-1196

Wandelstokknop met drie medaillons…

Louis Métayer, 1750, BK-VBR-395

On display in room 1.2

Still Life with Flowers

Jan van Huysum, 1723, painting, SK-A-188

On display in room 1.1