1676 Inventory of movable household goods, written down by a notary's assistant in the rooms in Vermeer's home at Oude Langendijk - corner Molenpoort alley, a few months after Vermeer died.


Inventory written February 29, 1676 by the assistant of the Notary public J. van Veen, in the house on Oude Langendijk Delft, corner Molenpoort, of the painter Johannes Vermeer who had died a few months before. Vermeer's studio is indicated here as room L. The original document is kept in the Delft Municipal archives. The notary's assistant walked through all the rooms in the house and noted the objects on two pages per room. These pages have been combined here, identified by colour. Text shown here in pink was the lot intended for Catherina Bolnes. These are followed by the objects from the next document concerning goods in purple which were a lot jointly for Catherina and her mother, Maria Thins. The signature shown below is from a document dated January 10, 1654. Text between [___] has been added by the author.

Go to the Dutch / Nederlandse text of the 1676 document.

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.


"Specification of all the household and movable goods that Catharina Bolnes, widow of the late Sr. Joannes Vermeer, living on the Oude Langendijck, at the corner of the Molepoort, has coming to her in possession, which goods are deposited in the aforementioned housing.

Specification of all such household goods and fumiture ("inboel") as Juffr. Maria Thins, widow of the late Reynier Bolnes, and her daughter juffr. Catharina Bolnes, widow of Joannes Vermeer, each to the true extent of one-half, having coming to them, which goods are deposited in the house of the aforenamed widow on the Oude Langendijck, in this town, on the corner of Molenpoort.

In the forehouse ("voorhuys") Room A

A small fruit painting; A small seascape; A small landscape; A painting by [Carel] Fabritius;

A cabinet of jointry work; A large painting of Mars and Apollo in a bad black frame; Two paintings somewhat smaller; Four more paintings with bad frames; A mirror with an ebony frame; A wooden footbench; Four bad green chairs; Two bad tapestry-covered cushions.

In the Great Hall ("groote zael") Room I

A painting representing a peasant barn; Another painting; Two paintings, being "tronien" [faces] by [Carel] Fabritius; One wherein three pumpkins and other fruit; Two portraits of Sr. Vermeer's late father and mother. Three small drawings for the mantlepiece with black frames; A drawn coat-of-arms of the aforenamed Sr. Vermeer with ebony frame; A pair of green serge [woolen] curtains with a pelmet [valance] in front of the bedstead. A mantlepiece covering of the same material. A striped curtain. Iron armor with helmet; A pike; A lead hat fringe/edge [?]

A cabinet of joinery work with inlaid ebony; An oak pull-out table; A little oak chest; Nine red-leather Spanish chairs; Three green sit-cushions; A green tablecloth; an ebony wood crucifix; Ten portraits of the lineage of the aforenamed juffr. Tins all with bad black frames; A painting representing the Mother of Christ in an oak frame; One more painting of the three Kings [Magi].


Linen and wool. A "toers" [silk and wool material] mantle of the aforesaid late Sr. Vermeer; a ditto "inocent" [short men's jacket]; A pair of "toers" [silk and wool material] trousers; A white satin skirt; A ditto yellow; A white satin bodice; A yellow satin mantle with white fur trimming; An old green mantle with white fur trimmings; Juffr- Vermeer's ash-gray travel mantle of Mrs. Vermeer; A black "toers" [silk and wool material] short jacket; A black woolen cloth women's dress ["tabbert"]; A black under dress [belonging to the former dress]; Twelve bedsheets, both good and bad; Twenty-two ditto pillowcases large and small; Five damask tablecloths [with St Andrew's crosses]; Nine napkins; Twenty-one children's shirts both good and bad; Two women's [night] shirts; 28 bonnets; 11 small children's collars; 17 pocket handkerchiefs; Two "labaertjens" [woman's sholder coverings]; Seven pairs of muffs; Three white caps; Three children's apron clothes; Two morning coats; Ten men's ruffs; Thirteen pairs of fancy cuffs.

In the small room adjoining the Great Hall. Room G

A wooden coffer painted green with iron fittings; A bad metal frame bed ["ledicant"] with a green fringed band on it; A round table top; A "viermande" [basket in which stood a container with hot coals, used for drying babies' nappies etc]; A little rack; A high pewter can; A tin chafing dish; Two copper snuffers; An iron candleholder; Seven glass flasks; Three roemers [wine glasses]; Twelve earthenware plates; Furthermore other earthenware of little importance.

An oak table; A child's bed with a long matress (used for sleeping sitting up); A head pillow; A green lined blanket. Two paintings; A trunk top painted red; A pair of bad green curtains; A ditto mantelpiece coverlet; Two old tapestry-covered sit-cushions; A bad mirror; Two toddler chairs with braces; Two private document containers ; Five earthenware shell-shaped dishes; Another five pieces of earthenware; Three Cologne butter pots; Eleven earthenware jugs with pewter lids; A copper mortar with a pestle; A copper candlestick; A copper bedpan; A tin butterpot; A tin ladle with a wooden handle.

In the inner kitchen. Room C

A large painting representing Christ on the cross; Two "tronie" paintings done by [Samuel van] Hoogstraten; A painting wherein all sorts of women's stuff ["vrouwentuych"]; One of Veronica. Two "tronie" paintings in Turkish fashion; A little seascape ; A painting hanging in front of the mantelpiece; A (painting) in which a bass viol with a skull has been painted; A pair of striped curtains; A little sideboard; Two brown footstoves; About seven ells [yards] of gold tooled-leather on the wall.

A bed with a head mattress or long head pillow; Three ear cushions; Two blankets being one green and one white; a bedcover; An octagonal oak table; An oak chest; A coat rack; Three chairs; Three green sit-cushions; A striped cloth.

In the back kitchen. Room J

An iron grill; A tin salad colander; A hamper for storing vessels; An old lantern.

A peat chest; a board for hanging jugs; An iron spit with its parts; a wooden spit with all its parts; a copper pancake pan; a copper bed pan; a copper kettle; two copper pots; a copper milk pan; four iron pots; an ironing iron.

In the cooking kitchen. Room D

A pair of striped curtains with a valance; A food cupboard; A wooden rack; Three blue sit-cushions with fringes; Four tin porringers ["eetkommitgens"]. Two pewter dishes; Two pewter beer mugs; An iron band; A tongue; A shovel for ashes; A tin flat candlestick; Twenty-one shell-shaped dishes.

A bed with a long head pillow; Two ear cushions; Two blankets, one green and one white; A bed cover; A rug; A small red-painted table; A coat rack; A potty chair; A striped mantelpiece coverlet; Six old chairs; An old beer jug.

In the washing kitchen. Room K

Two spinning wheels; A cradle.

In the hallway corridor. Room F

Two racks on which to dry linen; A wicker basket; A wooden cutting board.

In the room above the basement/cellar. Room B

A bed with a long head pillow. Two ear pillows; Two blankets, one being green, and one white; A bed cover; A painting of Christ on the Cross; A painting representing a woman wearing a necklace; Three bad chairs; A wooden trestle.

Six tapestry-covered chairs; A painting with a gilded frame; A painting with an oakwood frame; A little mirror.

In the yard. See space O

A pewter chamber pot; Ten pewter spoons.

Three pewter chamber pots; A copper kettle.

In the small mezzanine. Room H

A chest painted red; A foot rest; Two meat tubs; 5 or 6 old books; Three small paintings in black frames; an old suitcase wherein seven copper candle holders; A small copper kettle; An iron grill; A prongs, Three iron "slicklepels" [=?].

Upstairs back room. Room M

Two tapestries; a long low wicker basket with a high back, in which the mother can nurse her baby (bakermat) ; a painting of a "trony"; A cupid; Two chairs; Two copper chafing dishes ; five books in folio; another 25 books of all kinds; Two eartherware dishes.

six paintings; ten needlework sit cushions; a mirror; two chests [of the crate type]; a hall-stand [for coats]; a suitcase ; two copper kettles.

In the upstairs front room [Vermeers studio]. Room L

Two Spanish chairs. A cane with an ivory knob on it. Two painter's easels; Three palettes. Six panels; Ten painter's canvases. Three bundies with all sorts of prints, a lectern; Here and there some rummage not worthy of being itemized separately.

An oak pull-out table with its table top; A wooden cabinet wth drawers.

Above in the attic. Room N

A stone table to grind colours on, along with the stone; A wicker cradle; 13 Clothes hangers.


The above-standing goods were recorded by me, notary, admitted by the Court of Holland, at the behest of the aforementioned widow, who declared having acted in good faith in presenting, and if anything were to occur to her that she had forgotten, she will supply this amplifcation at any time. In token whereof, signed by her. Delft, the last day of February 1676. Catharina Bolnes.

Thus the notary which has signed underneath has described the beforementioned goods - - - - Bolnes- - who declared to have been of good faith, without having held back anything knowingly, by which token it waa signed by her in Delft the last day of Febr. 1676. Catharina Bolnes"

The last text reflects the "oath on the inventory"; she had to swear and consecutively undersign that according to het best knowledge all goods were listed and nothing was left out. By logical reconstruction we do however find quite some 'holes in this cheese', being missing items.


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Technical terms and explanations about dress, fabrics and fashion see the Dutch version of this page. Go to the Dutch / Nederlandse text of the 1676 document.

Zantkuijl reconstruction-drawing. Legend.




Int Voorhuys


Zantkuijl A

Inde groote zael

Great hall

Zantkuijl I

Int Camertie aende voorz. groote zaal

Small room adjoining the Great Hall

Zantkuijl G

Inde binnenkeucken

Inner kitchen

Zantkuijl C

Int agter keukentgen

Back kitchen

Zantkuijl J

Inde koockeucken

Cooking kitchen

Zantkuijl D

Int waskeukentgen

Washing kitchen

Zantkuijl K

Inde gang

In the hallway

Zantkuijl F

Op de keldercamer

Room above the cellar

Zantkuijl B

Op de plaets

In the yard

Zantkuijl O

Opt hangkamertgen

In the small hanging room

Zantkuijl H

Boven op de agtercamer

Upstairs back room

Zantkuijl M

Opde voorkamer

Upstairs front room

Zantkuijl L

Boven op de solder

In the attic

Zantkuijl N

[Niet op lijst: Kelder]

[Not listed: Cellar]

Zantkuijl E

[Niet op lijst: Wenteltrap]

[Not listed: spiral staircase]


The Dutch version of this page has an additional dictionary. Go to the Dutch / Nederlandse text of the 1676 document.

Note. This text is based upon the original Dutch text as published by Van Peer, in "Drie collecties", Oud Holland (1957) pp. 98-103. This new English translation has been checked against that of the largest language dictionary of the world, the Woordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal (WNT), which was started in 1882 by De Vries and Te Winkel.

Information on textiles was kindly provided by art historian Marieke de Winkel (2001). The translation was newly made and then compared to the existing translation in Montias, "Vermeer and his Milieu" (1989) which does contain a number of errors, especially in the description of garments.

Literature: José de Kruif, Liefhebbers en gewoontelezers, Leescultuur in Den Haag in de achttiende eeuw, Walburg Pers, Zutphen, 1999, p. 72.

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