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.

Lidded ewer

Adam van Vianen (I), 1614, BK-1976-75

Desk

Abraham Roentgen, c. 1758 - c. 1760, BK-16676

This desk has numerous secret compartments and drawers and even includes a fold-out prie-dieu. It was made for Johann Philipp von Walderdorff, archbishop and elector of Trier, and is decorated at the top with his portrait and heraldic arms. The desk is the most expensive showpiece ever made by…

Toilet mirror

Joseph-Germain Dutalis, 1828 - 1829, BK-1994-34

This mirror was the centrepiece of a large set of toiletry articles that the Dutch king Willem I had made as a wedding gift for his daughter Princess Marianne, who married Prince Albert of Prussia in 1830. The king commissioned Dutalis, the leading jeweller in Brussels, to make this superb ensemble…

Basin with Diana and Actaeon

Paulus Willemsz. van Vianen, 1613, dish, BK-16089-A

Salt-cellar

anonymous, 1618, salt (condiment vessel), BK-1988-15-A

Cabinet

Elias Boscher, anonymous (rejected attribution), c. 1660 - c. 1670, furniture, BK-1999-85

Bust of Saint Frederick

Elias Scerpswert, 1362, reliquary, BK-NM-11450

Specerijenservies, bestaande uit…

Anthonie Grill (attributed to), 1642, BK-1997-1