Pick of the week
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.