Chest with nine porcelain bottles

anonymous, c. 1680 - c. 1700, chest, NG-444

The box was probably made in Batavia (Jakarta). The bottles are from Japan. They would have been used for expensive spice oils to prepare food, perfumes or medicines. Representatives of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) would present these as gifts to Asian potentates.

Dish Relief

Jan Schoonhoven, 1963, SK-A-5007

Although by the 1960s, artist Jan J. Schoonhoven was celebrated worldwide, he continued to work full-time for the Dutch Post Office (PTT). At first he used to make his characteristic white reliefs of squares and rectangles at night, on the kitchen table. Occasionally he tried other shapes. He showed…

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…

Molenbeker

anonymous, c. 1600 - c. 1700, BK-NM-803

Mars

Francis van Bossuit, c. 1680 - before 1692, figure, BK-1998-74

Vaas

Frans Zwollo (I), 1900, vase, BK-1975-101

Bacchanal of Satyrs and Cupids

Gerard van Opstal (attributed to), c. 1650, BK-NM-2934

Bowl, with a depiction of ‘A…

Meissener Porzellan Manufaktur, c. 1760, bowl, BK-1959-10

Violin

anonymous, c. 1705 - c. 1710, violin, BK-NM-12400-91

Venetiaanse pantoffelparade

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