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Read­ers of Jessie Bur­ton’s The Minia­tur­ist and/or vis­i­tors to the Ri­jksmu­seum will un­der­stand why sil­ver dealer John Endlich of Haar­lem’s stand was con­stantly be­set by ad­mir­ers. It boasted a nine-room doll’s house con­structed in a late-17th-cen­tury cabi­net and fur­nished with 200 pe­riod sil­ver minia­tures and other ap­pro­pri­ate pieces painstak­ingly brought to­gether by a col­lec­tor in re­cent decades. The floors are lux­u­ri­ous woods, as used in the 17th cen­tury; the ceil­ings are painted in 17th-cen­tury fash­ion. The Kangxi porce­lain is from about 1700, as are the fab­rics in the dry­ing at­tic. A carved mother-of-pearl plaque adorns a man­tel­piece and on the walls are pen­cil draw­ings at­trib­uted to Cor­nelis Claesz. van Wierin­gen (about 1575–1633). Only five orig­i­nal doll’s houses from this pe­riod have sur­vived; all are in Dutch mu­se­ums.

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