17th Century Kitchen roombox (1)

For the first half of this year I have been busy working on a 17th century kitchen roombox. The kitchen was designed to look like the rea...



For the first half of this year I have been busy working on a 17th century kitchen roombox. The kitchen was designed to look like the real 17th century Dutch kitchens did, but also had to have the look of the kitchens in the 17th and 18th century Dutch dolls houses.




I made the roombox for Mr. Emiel Aardewerk, an antiques dealer who specializes in Dutch silver and miniature silver. At the moment the roombox is on show, filled with gorgeous 17th and 18th century silver miniatures, at the PAN Amsterdam National Art and Antiques Fair.




The miniatures in these photos are my own, not antique ones. I made the kitchen cabinets from lovely mahogany, although that can't be seen anymore. The kitchen has been slightly aged as if it has had a few centuries of use. It was quite hard to put some grime on crisp clean grouts and freshly painted cabinets, but I do like the result!




The tiles on the wall are copies of traditional Dutch tiles called 'witjes' (little whites) which in fact aren't white at all but are slightly tinted with red, green, blue, yellow etc. The other tiles of course are Delft blue. The floor and worktop are painted to look like marble. Floor and wall tiles were made from acid free paper.

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28 comments

  1. Wow, you always take my breath away. I'm definitely gasping for air! Rosanna

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  2. Las proporciones son magníficas, los azulejos de las paredes preciosos... quiero ver mas!

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  3. Oh my. That is simply wonderful

    xo
    Claudia

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  4. Geweldig mooi Josje. Heel stijlvol met de hoge ramen en muren. Ik vind 't een waar kunstwerk...

    groet Heleni

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  5. Such a lovely project Josje....and as always you have done it to perfection.

    Linda

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  6. It is beautiful, fabulous craftsmanship.

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  7. Josje, It is absolutely stunning! I thought you had managed to find ultra thin marble for the counter top! You painted it perfectly! What an incredible honor for your work to be at a large Antique fair on display. It would be great to see how this dealer has put his silver in the kitchen!! Wonderful work!!!!

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  8. That is a work of art. Such attention to the smallest detail. Just beautiful.

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  9. Your roombox is stunning. It takes my breath away. I love it!

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  10. It is awesome, wonderful work!!!!

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  11. Josje, Mr. Emiel Aardewerk has definitely made the right choice in you to build the kitchen .

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  12. In the wonderful project. What you have made is just perfect.
    Geneviève

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  13. A real work of art, stunning!

    groetjes Evelien

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  14. Geweldig Josje. Echt heel mooi, een kunstwerk!!!

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  15. Stunning! Your cabinetry is amazing! Your tile work is perfect! I hope we get to see the final display? This is just gorgeous!

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  16. Hoi Josje
    het is prachtig gemaak ,wat heb je daar veel werk aan gehad,en alles zo mooi afgewerkt,geweldig
    groetjes adrie

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  17. Wauw...echt waanzinnig!!!! Alles is perfect gemaakt, maar waar ik vooral helemaal weg van ben, is het raam....is het echt glas? Jou spulletjes hadden ook niet misstaan in dit keukentje...zou ook wel een foto willen zien met al het antiek er in?

    Sabihax

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  18. I have only one word:FANTASTIC!
    Compliments!
    Sonya

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  19. This is beautiful! I loved the window ( the glass, the frame - very realistic), I liked the imitation of marble, well, the whole scene looks just great. Congratulations on such a fantastic job!

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  20. Tu cocina es tambien otra joya.
    Muy buen trabajo. Me encanta.
    Besos Clara

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  21. Thank you all so much for your very kind comments. The whole project was a lovely working experience. Sometimes very frustrating as well. I vowed to never do it again, but when asked if in future I might make another one, I heard myself say 'Yes', haha!

    In my next post I will show a photo which was published in the Dutch magazine Dolls House Nederland, where all of the antique silver is in place.

    @Sabiha: Nee, het is geen glas maar bewerkt acryl. Het effect is erg goed gelukt he?

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  22. Zooo mooi!! echt perfect.
    Hoe doe je dat"oud maken"? het is zo subtiel gedaan, geef je daar misschien workshops in??ik zou het graag leren.

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