Tall and small and XXSmall...

...big exhibitions of the miniature world!

Remember this kitchen I made about a year ago?  I am pleased to say it is now in an exhibition at the Museum Bredius in The Hague.  The exhibition is called 'Tall and small' and shows a large collection of miniature silver, mostly from the 17th and 18th century. 

It  is the first time  Dutch antique miniature silver is exhibited alongside some of its full sized examples.  The exhibition shows hundreds of miniatures from the collections of the Museum Bredius and the The Hague antiques and jewelry dealer A.Aardewerk, supplemented with pieces on loan from international private collections.  

 For those of you who read Dutch, here is a link to a nice article in the paper De Telegraaf .
The exhibition can be seen until January 15, 2012. 

 Meanwhile at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (Municipal Museum of The Hague) there is another miniatures exhibition. This exhibition is called XXSmall and 'offers a model world of the past and present that will enthral visitors of all ages' as it says on the museum's website.  The items on display will not only be Dutch, but from many other countries as well.  You can read all about it here.

The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag houses the beautiful Sara Rothé dolls house, which dates from around 1745. This is one of the photos I shot of the dolls house interior when I visited the museum in June.  (Bottom left room in the dolls house).   The chest of drawers holds many silver items, a must in an 18th century dolls house! 
The museums website says: 'Silver miniatures will be a specific focus of this exhibition, with a literally dazzling display occupying a dedicated gallery and a separate publication being issued on the subject.'
The exhibition can be visited until March 25,2012.

I certainly will be visiting both exhibitions!


  1. Thanks for the info Josje...sounds like really nice and interesting exhibitions! Definitely have to see them.

  2. Thank you very much Josje for these beautiful pictures of old houses, as stories told by these prestigious objects.
    It's wonderful!
    Congratulations on your work displayed is quite normal given the precision and quality of completion of works.
    Hugs, Léa

  3. Congratulations Josje, the kitchen looks amazing. You should be very proud of your work, it's such a credit to you that they have included it in their exhibition.
    Well done,

  4. Congratulations regarding having your room box exhibited in the museum at The Hague! How exciting!

    I love antique dollhouses and the wonderful miniature pieces that were made for them. They have a special charm of their own. Don't you love the antique silver on the chest!!! It has that warm surface look that only comes from years of hand polishing.

    Thank you for sharing this information and the photos.

  5. I think they'll be fantastic Jeffry! A must see!

    Thank you Léa! It will be fun seeing my work in a museum.

    Thank you Simon. Of course the kitchen is only a backdrop to show off the silver pieces, but still...

    Thank you Catherine. Yes I also love the silver. But I think that is well known by now, ;) In both exhibitions there are a great many silver miniatures to see. I am so looking forward to that!

  6. Congratulations on your exhibit, Josje! You must be very happy.


  7. Congratulations Josje,

    You must be thrilled to part of such an exhibition, given the quality of your work it is no surprise that you were asked. Well done, the kitchen is beautiful.

    What a shame we don't have the pleasure of such exhibitions here in Australia, how lovely it would be to see all this fine work.


  8. The exhibit at Museum Bredius sounds really very interesting. And the added bonus of seeing your small kitchen. I recall you'd made it in the past for an antique dealer. That's the same Aardewerk, no?

    Be proud! It's a marvelous project and great to see it used to it's full advantage; displaying (antique) miniature silver.

    ps. what's the glass in the windows made off?

  9. Congratulations!
    Of course I'm going to have a look at your kitchen and to the exhibition of the collection of homes they have brought to The Hague
    What a beautiful layout you made for your blog.
    It all looks very nice.


  10. congratulations. Your beautiful kitchen is the perfect showcase.

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  12. Congratulations! How fun that your kitchen is going to the museum, - you deserve it! Good luck.

  13. Wat leuk, jouw keuken in het museum.
    Het poppenhuis in het gemeentemuseum in den Haag heb ik een keer bewonderd!
    Jouw hobby blijft bijzonder!

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  15. Josje, your beautiful kitchen is most worthy of being exhibited among the others - your work is exquisite quality. Thank you for the link to the rest. I adore antique silver.
    Sandie (Snippets from my Studio)

  16. I have just discovered your blog - what a wonderful site. I am amazed by the combination of not just skill but also historical accuracy and visual flair evident in the examples you show. It inspires me to try to do some posts about the dolls houses owned by the National Trust.

  17. Gefeliciteerd, wat een eer. Ik ga zeker een keer kijken.

  18. That bathroom looks so real. Amazing craftsmanship!

  19. How wonderful! Congratulations on having your work displayed. It is well deserved. You make such beautiful scenes.

  20. This is great, Josje, a real ( and well deserved ) honor.


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