Exhibit of Dutch paintings & furniture

Today I went to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts to catch Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection – just an amazing exhibit of Dutch paintings and furniture from the 17th century. I barely made it, the show closes on June 19. If you are within a reasonable distance, I really recommend it. It’s always best to see these things in the flesh, whether it’s the paintings or the woodwork. Here’s a link to some text about the collection. Next stop for this show is San Francisco I think, then Houston.


Dutch cupboard at MFA


No photos allowed in the special exhibition gallery. I had seen one of the cupboards some time ago when it was on loan at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I snuck some pictures then, because no one told me I couldn’t. Here’s a post I wrote about that piece https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/thomas-dennis-eat-your-heart-out-this-is-oak-furniture/

I can’t remember how many pieces of furniture there were, maybe a dozen or more. A fabulous joined chest, and a small cabinet on turned legs. another large cupboard like the one above – and more. Almost all oak, one walnut. some ebony inlay. great wood selection, most of the oak was perfect.  Great bulbous turned table legs, all turned from glued-up oak stock. A folding “gaming” table that had a half-hexagonal plan for the frame. It used square-sectioned stiles and the rails were pegged, not joined to the stiles. Like toe-nailing, only with wooden pins. There are some New England cupboards that use this idea; and I’ve seen many English tables done the same way.

I made a few notes & drawings & will try to get those into a coherent form so I can post them. I passed on the exhibit catalog, didn’t need to spend $60+ on a few pages of photos. So Trent, maybe in a year or so when these things return to the collector’s house we can get to see them…wouldn’t that be something.





2 thoughts on “Exhibit of Dutch paintings & furniture

  1. That would be the time, meantime your readers might want to buy the book about Dutch furniture by a contributor to the catalog, Loek Van Aalst, Noord-Nederlanse Meubelen van renaissance tot vroege barok, 1550-1690, published by Hes & De Graaf in the Netherlands. This is the first modern survey by a dealer-scholar in two generations. I have high hopes of making van Aalst one of our European colleagues, and for once we don’t have to fight an uphill battle against eighteenth-century chauvinism.

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