As a rule, a diaper basket was made from woven willow branches, cane or wood and predominantly in the same form as that of a tray for a mangle. A silver diaper basket was found in the homes of very wealthy families. Also known as a kleerben (clothes basket/bin), it was the ultimate status symbol and would take centre stage in the new mother’s lying-in room. The diaper basket held the most expensive items of clothing that were needed for the christening ceremony, such as bovenen kamerdoekse onderdoopluur upper and under linnens for the christening trimmed with red velvet and lace, little gloves and a lace cap etc.
In answer to the numerous lacquered cabinets from China, Japan and Coromandel imported into Europe by the English and Dutch East-India Companies, cabinet makers in Europe started to produce imitation lacquer work themselves in the late seventeenth century.
The interior and exterior of the doors of the present cabinet are decorated with blue and white vases, filled with sprays of flowers such as carnations, tulips and lilies in imitation of Asian porcelain or Dutch Delftware. The individual flowers on the drawer front, which are botanically accurate paintings, were inspired by the old custom of strewing flowers and herbs onto the floor; an idea that came into vogue in the sixteenth century and one that continued far into the eighteenth.
On a rectangular base with cannons is a recumbent lion clasping a globe between its paws. The four feet upon which the object rests are naturalistically modelled in the form of a lion’s paw. The lion is decorated in the grand-feu colours of blue, green and iron red while the base is shiny black, with the characteristic decoration of yellow springs which is strongly reminiscent of Japanese lacquer work. The deep black ground, for which considerable technical skill was required, was best developed by Van Eenhoorn. The Grieksche A factory chiefly applied a special ‘outlining ‘technique uitsparingtechnique to its black wares, which produced a different effect. (cf. Quanyin flower holder)
A couple of small Chinese boys figures
Zgn.’emaille sur bisquit’, white and blue glass.
Provenance: China. Kieng-Lung period 1736-1795
Dating: ca 1750-1800
A Pair Of Overdoors
Keller introduced The Hague to his pictures of groups of children playing, painted ‘en français’. They differed in execution from the scenes with children in grisaille or those treated in white (in imitation of stucco), executed earlier by Jacob de Wit in Amsterdam in the eighteenth century The groups of children by Keller, in the style of François Boucher (1703-1770), are also ‘en camaieu’, that is in tints of one colour, blue, yellow, green or red. Keller’s pupil, Dirk van der Aa (1731-1809), continued to paint using the same technique, and was followed in turn by Hendrik Willem Schweickhardt (1746-1797). Virtually no examples of groups of children playing have survived in situ.
Two Bride Sugar Baskets
Characteristic of these baskets is the removable straight or cross-shaped partition, which is often crowned by a flower bouquet.
They are meant to present bridal sugars, and date almost all of them from the period from 1770 to the end of the eighteenth century
One of the most fashionable items that were immensely polar in the same period are objects made of painted and varnished tin. The most diverse objects are made of this material.