The Battle of Terheide

Willem van de Velde (I), 1657, painting, SK-A-1365

English ships blockaded the Dutch Republic’s harbours in 1653. While leading an attempt to break the blockade, the Dutch admiral Maarten Tromp was killed. His family commissioned this painting of his final battle to commemorate his death. It still has its original frame, featuring the heraldic arms…

Table ornament

Wenzel Jamnitzer, 1549, table peace, BK-17040-A

This receptacle stood on the table on special occasions. Although it was never used for food, since it was far too precious. It was made for the city of Nuremberg in 1549 by Wenzel Jamnitzer, then a world-famous silversmith. Jamnitzer produced incredibly intricate work using a new method. All the…

Stadtholder’s chair

Gerrit Hutte, 1747, BK-NM-1315

Willem IV sat on this chair when he presided over the high court in The Hague. The cabinetmaker who made it, Hutte, and Van Dijck, who carved it, chose an extreme Rococo style for this ceremonial chair. The back is crowned with the arms of Zeeland, Holland and West Friesland and the embroidered…

Piet Heyn ewer

Francisco Enriquez, c. 1550 - c. 1600, NG-NM-583

Kluizenaar in de bergen

Zhu Henian, 1775 - 1834, hanging scroll, AK-RAK-1990-17

Ewer and Basin

Johannes Lutma (1584-1669), 1647, dish, BK-NM-10244-A

Ewer and basin with the arms of…

Jacques Bogaert (attributed to), 1608, BK-NM-5326

Kuttrolf van filigraanglas

anonymous, c. 1600 - c. 1700, BK-NM-7994

Venus and Adonis

Francis van Bossuit, c. 1685 - c. 1692, BK-NM-2931

Vanitasstilleven met een schedel…

Hendrick Hondius (I), 1626, print, RP-P-1992-70