(active 1686-1705 in Amsterdam)

Petronella Oortman's doll's house

Oak veneered with tortoise-shell and pewter, 255 x 190 x 78 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The doll's houses made in Amsterdam in the second half of the seventeenth century are regarded as an inexhaustible source of information about the furnishing of grand merchant's houses in the heyday of the Dutch Republic. This one was made by Petronella Oortsman (1656-1718) who as a wealthy widow married the silk merchant Johannes Brandt in 1686. She started assembling her doll's house shortly after their marriage.

Reading from left to right and from top to bottom, this doll's house contains an attic drying room, a room for peat and provisions, a nursery, a drawing room, a hall with a garden beyond, a lying-in room, a display kitchen, a working kitchen with a cellar below, and a tapestry room. Unfortunately, all the dolls disappeared with the exception of a baby.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.