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"The doll’s house of Petronella Oortman", c. 1710 ~ Jacob Appel (Dutch 1680-1751). Doll houses of this period were a hobby for ladies, like cabinets for gentlemen's collections. This is one of 3 such 17th c. houses surviving. The wealthy Amsterdam lady, ordered miniature porcelain objects from China & commissioned furniture makers & artists to decorate the interior, spending ca. 20-30 thousand guilders - the cost of a real house. Only one of the 20 dolls in the painting survives. [1st of 2…

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A Towering Pigeon on an Abandoned Home by Super A

Karel Appel was a Dutch painter, sculptor, & poet who was 1 of the founders of Cobra. The new art of the CoBrA-group was not popular in the Netherlands, but it found a warm welcome in Denmark. In Denmark CoBrA artists started cooperating by collectively painting the insides of houses, which encouraged and intensified the exchange of the typical 'childish' and spontaneous picture language used by the CoBrA group.