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.

Blue Macaw

Meissener Porzellan Manufaktur, 1731, BK-17496

German scientists discovered the ingredients of Chinese porcelain in the 18th century. Elector August the Strong was such a fan of this hard, translucent white material that he filled his Japanese Palace in Dresden with porcelain objects. In the 1730s, he had a series of large birds and animals…

Bowl, with a depiction of ‘A…

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

Snuffbox with scenes of Saxon…

Meissener Porzellan Manufaktur, c. 1750, BK-17457

Koffiekan met deksel, veelkleurig…

Meissener Porzellan Manufaktur, 1731, BK-17421-A

Seven plates from the service of…

Meissener Porzellan Manufaktur, c. 1772 - c. 1774, plate (dishes), BK-1964-5

Cockatoo

Meissener Porzellan Manufaktur, 1734, BK-17494

Theepot met deksel, veelkleurig…

Meissener Porzellan Manufaktur, c. 1725 - c. 1730, BK-17420-A

Monkey with a snuffbox

Meissener Porzellan Manufaktur, c. 1730 - c. 1733, BK-17492

Lidded vase

Meissener Porzellan Manufaktur, 1727, vase, BK-17397