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Attributed to Jan van Mekeren (Dutch, Tiel ca. 1658–1733 Amsterdam)
Date: ca. 1700–10Accession Number: 1995.371a, b
Johannes Hannart (or Jan Hanat) (died 1709)
Date: ca. 1685–1700Accession Number: 64.101.1223
Daniel Marot the Elder (French, Paris 1661–1752 The Hague)
Date: ca. 1690Accession Number: 1994.218a–c
Attributed to Herman Doomer (Dutch, Anrath ca. 1595–1650 Amsterdam)
Date: ca. 1640–50Accession Number: 2011.181
Lambertus van Eenhoorn (Dutch, 1651–1721)
Date: ca. 1690Accession Number: 2006.309.1a, b
Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem)
Date: ca. 1636–38Accession Number: 49.7.33
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The seventeenth century was the golden age not only of Dutch painting but also of Dutch decorative arts. Attracted by the growing wealth of the republic, artists from the Spanish Netherlands and Germany stimulated local craft traditions and introduced new techniques, including ebony carving and damask weaving. Dutch dominance in overseas trade affected the appearance of luxury furnishings for the homes of wealthy merchants and patricians. Imported Asian porcelain, lacquer, and raw materials such as mother-of-pearl and tropical wood influenced potters and cabinetmakers. Tin-glazed earthenware was decorated to imitate blue-and-white Chinese porcelain, and exotic veneers were used to embellish furniture. The Doomer cabinet, with its understated ebony exterior and spectacular interior, reflects both prevailing standards of superb workmanship and, in its avoidance of outward ostentation, Calvinist sensibilities.
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