Roemer with a poem to Constantijn…

anonymous, 1619, BK-1983-15

Anna Roemers Visscher engraved one of her own poems in a wineglass as a gift for Constantijn Huygens. The verse contains a complaint and an exhortation: her pen has dried up, her brain has rusted. She asks Huygens to fetch her some water from the Helicon – where the Muses live – so her ink will flow…

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…

Model of the William Rex

Adriaen de Vriend, Adriaen Davidsen, Cornelis Moesman, 1698, ship model, NG-MC-651

Model of a 74-gun Dutch battleship. It was made in Vlissingen (Flushing) and displayed in the boardroom of the Zeeland navy in Middelburg. The decorative stern sports the arms of Zeeland. In fact no such ship actually existed. The name William Rex refers to William III of Orange, the Dutch…

Model of a Lighthouse

anonymous, 1840, show model, NG-MC-829

Crown for the King of Ardra

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

Pair of marriage goblets with lids

anonymous, 1759, goblet, BK-1964-14-A

The Triumph of Time

anonymous, c. 1530 - c. 1540, BK-1961-102

Longcase clock

anonymous, c. 1715 - c. 1725, furniture, BK-1969-102-A