Local Heart, Global Soul

May 23, 2016

Hare, Doggie, Doggie, Doggie, Doggie…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m still in the Portrait gallery of the Rijksmuseum, having looked at the portrait of the three Regentesses  in yesterday’s post, I am now taking a closer look at the fireplace and chimneypiece over which it stands.

The information panel reads:

Chimneypiece from the Leprozenhuis, Amsterdam” Marble, marbleized oak and pine. Northern Netherlands circa 1668.
This chimneypiece is made of marble and marbleized wood The horizontal frieze is decorated with carved auricular-style tendrils and flowers: nestled among them are the family arms of the three Regentesses portrayed by Ferdinand Bol: Clara Abba, Elisabeth van Duynen and Agatha Munter.”

This fireplace and chimneypiece has a lot of wonderful delftsblauwe (delft blue) tiles, mostly depicting dogs in sitting, standing and all sorts of jumping positions.

There are also rabbits, foxes, horses and other animals but it’s the digs who take centre stage throughout the montage. The shield decorations are wonderful too, but in a different way, the tiles are all about movement, humour, whimsy and character.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Chimneypiece 1b (Small)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum

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