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…

Portrait of Andries de Graeff

Artus Quellinus (I), 1661, bust, BK-18305

The De Graeffs were one of the leading merchant families of Amsterdam and highly influential. Like his father and brother, Andries was also a burgomaster. The superb bust was carved by Quellinus, who had been brought from Antwerp to Amsterdam to create sculptures for the new town hall. The plinth…

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…

Mantelpiece with relief of Paris…

Jan Baptist Xavery, 1739, BK-1995-3

This chimneypiece was made for the main hall of the house at Rapenburg 48 in Leiden, where Baron Diederik van Leyden lived. Xavery also designed a marble relief for over the doors, and a decorative sculpture for the ceiling. This included a large painting by Jacob de Wit. Tapestries from Brussels…

Buste van dr. Nicolaas Beets…

Cornelis Beets, 1894, bust, BK-B-77-1

Portrait of Cornelis Apostool

Paulus Joseph Gabriël, c. 1817, BK-B-12