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…

Dolls’ house of Petronella Oortman

anonymous, c. 1686 - c. 1710, furniture, BK-NM-1010

The exterior of this dolls house is a work of art in its own right, with its mother-of-pearl and pewter veneer. The owners’ initials - Petronella Oortman and her husband Johannes Brandt, a cloth merchant in Amsterdam - are inlaid on both sides. Remarkably, all the domestic furnishings were made…

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…

Cabinet

Pierre Gole (possibly), c. 1645 - c. 1650, furniture, BK-16117

Secretary

anonymous, c. 1780 - c. 1790, BK-1970-28

Crown for the King of Ardra

anonymous, c. 1664, jewellery, NG-NM-816-A

Table

Pieter de Loose, 1689, furniture, BK-1962-49

Cabinet

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

Target gun used by the Guild of…

Jacobus Jaspers (attributed to), 1675 - 1699, NG-2002-23-14

Wall cabinet

Franz Xaver Fortner, 1844, furniture, BK-1996-15