Book chest of Hugo de Groot

anonymous, c. 1600 - c. 1615, NG-KOG-1208

Traditionally, it was in this case that Hugo de Groot escaped from Loevestein Castle in 1621. He had been serving a life sentence there since 1619. The internationally renowned jurist De Groot (Grotius) had been arrested in 1618 as a political opponent of Prince Maurice. After his escape, De Groot…

Model of the William Rex

Adriaen de Vriend, Adriaen Davidsen, Cornelis Moerman, 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…

Eight Stacked Beams

Carel Visser, 1964, BK-2008-4

The eight massive planks that form this abstract sculpture are not stacked in precise symmetry. Each pair of planks is slightly further to the side. It all appears quite natural, yet the stack is impossible to balance. So the construction is a crucial element. In fact there is a seam along all the…

Twee toiletkoffers

André-Charles Boulle (attributed to), c. 1685 - c. 1690, BK-2009-255-1

These magnificent showpieces were made by Europe’s most celebrated cabinetmaker: André-Charles Boulle. He probably made them for Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Condé who gave them to his daughter Marie-Thérèse when she married. The boxes have lids so they can be used for storage, although that is…

Archiefkast van de Staten Generaal

anonymous, 1600 - 1699, furniture, BK-16464

Kist in certosina-techniek,…

anonymous, 1500, furniture, BK-16629

Kist, beschilderd met heraldische…

anonymous, c. 1400 - c. 1500, furniture, BK-16628

Kaarsenkroon van twee hoogten met…

anonymous, c. 1525 - c. 1550, chandelier, BK-NM-10798

Tafelbel met opschrift: ME FECIT…

Johan van den Eynde, 1544, handbell, BK-NM-5445