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Dutch cabinet kitchen

Kitchen
1670-1700 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This example of a Dutch kitchen housed in a cabinet is believed to date from the late 17th 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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Wood, painted
Brief Description
Fully furnished cabinet kitchen made in Holland between 1670 and 1700
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.
Dimensions
  • Width: 91cm
  • Depth: 58cm
  • Height: 163cm
Production typeUnique
Gallery Label
  • More Deutsch than Dutch? When Florence Kinkelin gave this cabinet to the Museum, she called it ‘the Dutch Kitchen Cabinet’, and the name has stuck. But some experts think the cabinet came from Germany. Why? It was fashionable in Holland to store treasures in plain cabinets just like this, but miniature kitchens were popular in Germany. The corner oven is a German style and the pewter plates are marked with German stamps, but they were sold across Europe. Although the blue and white tiles look Dutch, they were exported internationally. As neighbours, Germany and Holland traded objects and ideas. Dolls’ houses are material proof that fashions travel across borders and cultures. (2014)
  • Every utensil a cook could need can be found in this detailed miniature kitchen. Everyday earthenware containers are mingled with intricate jelly moulds and woven baskets. The cabinet probably belonged to the wife of a wealthy merchant. Expanding trade with Asia and America was fuelling the development of Holland’s wealthy urban population. This isn’t a typical kitchen of the time, but one of luxury and prosperity. (2014)
Credit line
Given by Miss Kinkelin
Summary
This example of a Dutch kitchen housed in a cabinet is believed to date from the late 17th 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.
Collection
Accession Number
MISC.26-1978

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record createdMay 23, 2005
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