Worlds Within Worlds Part 3: Wealthy Dutch Women in the 17th Century

Please note: This article follows on from part 1 (Mid-17th Century Amsterdam) and part 2 (Dutch Preoccupations in the 17th Century) of my written web series on Dutch Dollhouse Culture. At this time, hobbies for women related to material culture, consumption and domesticity so, textiles, shopping, ladylike activity, charity work and the running of a … Continue reading Worlds Within Worlds Part 3: Wealthy Dutch Women in the 17th Century

Women in Late-Medieval Art 1: Eve, or, the Apple doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

The perceptions of women from their representation in late-medieval art (1300 - 1500) suggest identities, carefully crafted and delivered by those governing society. The church and patriarchy held it's domination, meaning that a woman's place was inherently subordinate and defined by the characteristics of her sexuality. These suppositions were imposed on those whose views were … Continue reading Women in Late-Medieval Art 1: Eve, or, the Apple doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

Worlds Within Worlds Part 2: Dutch Preoccupations in the 17th Century

We've been introduced to Amsterdam in the 17th century. Let's continue our journey by taking on the Dutch view of the world. The Dutch were keen on categorization: An assured, enterprising curiosity led to great advances in lens-cutting, medicine, navigation and cartography... Domenico Remps, Cabinet of Curiosities, 1690s The entire universe could be boiled down to a single … Continue reading Worlds Within Worlds Part 2: Dutch Preoccupations in the 17th Century

Antique and Vintage Finds: Faith, Hope, Charity – A Victorian Teacup and Saucer

Studying the decorative arts had me in my element. Many can relate to the joy of peering into cabinets at the V&A - I suppose we're all just very nosy. Being raised on the Antique's Roadshow and a good dose of behind glass, it's not the cash in the attic that has an appeal but rather, the … Continue reading Antique and Vintage Finds: Faith, Hope, Charity – A Victorian Teacup and Saucer

Madame de Montespan and Princess Palatine: A Note on May 27th

We encounter these two women at the same court: Versailles, which, in the 17th century, orbited around the Sun King - Louis XIV. That they existed within the same sphere and that, essentially, they were parallels, is something that I would like to explore a little. Especially, as providence would have it, that whilst Elisabeth Charlotte … Continue reading Madame de Montespan and Princess Palatine: A Note on May 27th

Worlds Within Worlds Part 1: Mid-17th Century Amsterdam

Let’s open the doors to the mid-17th century, when the cultural and artistic world of the Dutch centered in on Amsterdam and a man’s home, was truly his palace... 'View of the palace and gardens of Versailles, seen from the avenue de Paris in. Versailles circa 1668', by Pierre Patel. Contextually, the Dutch put little … Continue reading Worlds Within Worlds Part 1: Mid-17th Century Amsterdam