In the back kitchen / scullery (agter keukentgen). Room J


Function of the room: scullery on the ground floor. Here we find some objects for cooking and grilling meats. Behind the house, smoke from the fire and grilling could escape into the open air in the yard. This kitchen was mainly used during the summer, so that smoke and cooking odors did not permeate the entire house.

Inventory: "An iron grill; Een yser rooster; A tin salad colander, een blick slakorffie; A hamper for storing vessels, een vate ben; An old lantern, een out lantaritge; A peat chest, een turfkist; ; a board for hanging drinking jugs, een kannebort; ; An iron spit with its parts, een yser spith met sijn toebehooren; a wooden spit with all its parts; een houte spith; a copper pancake pan, een kopere broederspanne; ; a copper bed pan, een kopere beddepan ; a copper kettle, een kopere ketel ; two copper pots, twee kopere potten;; a copper milk pan een kopere melckpan; four iron pots, vier ysere potten; an ironing iron, een yser stryckyser."


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.

Note : These objects were part of the Vermeer-inventory as listed by 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.

See also C. Willemijn Fock, Titus M. Eliëns, Eloy F. Koldeweij, Jet Pijzel Dommisse, Het Nederlandse interieur in beeld 1600 - 1900, Waanders, Zwolle, 2001.


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