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Kitchen - Dutch cabinet kitchen

Dutch cabinet kitchen

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1670-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, painted

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Kinkelin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Homes Gallery, case 1

This example of a Dutch kitchen housed in a cabinet is believed to date from the late17th century. Early German houses served a practical and educational purpose and quite clearly resembled small buildings. However, in Holland, well-to-do Dutch families preferred to store their treasures in cupboards and cabinets of the sort that were used to store linen or china. As a result of Holland's expanding trade with Asia and America at the time a large class of wealthy bankers and merchants had grown up. They liked to demonstrate evidence of their wealth by collecting precious or interesting and new items in cabinets of curiosities. Amongst these were miniatures of household items which were specially commissioned and collected with such enthusiasm that whole households were sometimes reproduced.

Physical description

Wooden cabinet on a stand containing a kitchen room. The interior is wood and fitted out to resemble a Dutch kitchen with a store on the right and a low cupboard decorated with a marquetry star on each door on the left. Above the oven is painted to represent blue and white tiles and a fire. The door is painted to resemble black and white tiles. The walls have been decorated with Dutch baroque floral grotesques. The cabinet doors lock.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (probably, made)


1670-1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wood, painted


Width: 91 cm, Depth: 58 cm, Height: 163 cm

Descriptive line

Fully furnished cabinet kitchen made in Holland between 1670 and 1700




Dolls & Toys; Furniture

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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