Functiom of this room: Small room or mezzanine, which was hung from the ceiling beams. It could be reached through a trap door in the floor and ladder goiong down to the small room G which was directly below on the ground floor level, off the Great Hall. In winter heat from the fire of the Great hall rose through the trap door (Fock, 2001, p. 29).
Inventory: "A chest painted red, een roo geschilderde kist ; A foot rest, een voet banckie ; Two meat tubs, twee vlees kuypen ; 5 or 6 old books, 5 a 6 oude boucken ; Three small paintings in black frames, drye kleyne stuckiens schilderij in swarte lysten ; An old suitcase wherein seven copper candle holders, een out koffer ende daerin bevonden seven kopere kandelaars ; A small copper kettle, een koper keteltie ; An iron grill, een yseren rooster ; A pair of prongs, een tang ; Three iron spoons for [?], drye ysere slicklepels."
See the original documents from the Delft Archives. Goods owned by Catharina Bolnes, page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, page 6, page 7. Goods jointly owned by Catharina Bolnes and Maria Thins, page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, page 6.
Illustration on top shows a small room from the Oortman Dolls house, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Note : These objects were part of the Vermeer-inventory as listed by the assistant of Delft notary public J. van Veen on February 29, 1676, in the Thins/Vermeer home located on Oude Langendijk on the corner of Molenpoort. The painter Johannes Vermeer had died there at the end of December 1675. His widow Catherina and their eleven children still lived there with her mother Maria Thins.
The transcription of the 1676 inventory, now in the Delft archives, is based upon its first full publication by A.J.J.M. van Peer, "Drie collecties..." in Oud Holland 1957, pp. 98-103. My additions and explanations are added in square brackets [__]. Dutch terms have been checked against the world's largest language dictionary, the Dictionary of the Dutch Language (Woordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal , or WNT), which was begun by De Vries en Te Winkel in 1882.
C. Willemijn Fock, Titus M. Eliëns, Eloy F. Koldeweij, Jet Pijzel Dommisse, Het Nederlandse interieur in beeld 1600 - 1900, Waanders, Zwolle, 2001, p. 29.
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