The Meeting of Joachim and Anna

Meester van Joachim en Anna, c. 1470, BK-NM-88

Joachim and Anna were childless for many years. Until Anna’s prayers were answered and she miraculously conceived a daughter, Mary. Joyous at the news, they embrace each other tenderly. This intimate, almost timeless scene was once part of a large altar depicting stories about the life of the Virgin…

A Dutch Merchant, Possibly Andreas…

Chitqua (attributed to), c. 1770, figure, BK-1976-49

Van Braam Houckgeest ran the Dutch East India Company (VOC) base in Canton harbour in south China from 1790 to 1795. He may have commissioned this figure of himself on a previous journey in China. Chinese sculptor Chitqua specialised in this kind of clay portrait, mainly for foreigners. Similar…

Flask

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1199, vase, AK-MAK-590

Mars

Francis van Bossuit, c. 1680 - before 1692, figure, BK-1998-74

Two candle stands guéridons

anonymous, c. 1700, furniture, BK-1972-157-A

Driedelig theeservies

Firma Hoeker & Zoon, 1903, tea service, BK-1973-158

Stoel van palissanderhout, bekleed…

anonymous, c. 1610 - c. 1650, BK-NM-5837

The Old Town Hall of Amsterdam

Pieter Jansz. Saenredam, 1657, painting, SK-C-1409

Dish with a Portrait of Prince…

anonymous, 1658, plate (dishes), BK-NM-3133

Chess set

anonymous, c. 1550, chess set, BK-NM-7402