Royal Cabinets and Auxiliary Branches: Origins of the National Museum of Ethnology, 1816-1883
CNWS Publications, 2008 - 340 pagina's
This book deals with the origins of the present-day National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, and covers the period from 1816 to 1883. With the foundation of the Royal Cabinet of Rarities in The Hague in 1816, a transformation took place from mainly private collections to national state-owned collections. The founding of the Royal Cabinet was one of the first attempts to create something like a National Museum. This book traces the purposes and motives of private collecting and the emergence of cabinets of curiosities, the composition of the collections, and the move towards a National Museum. At the time of its establishment, the Royal Cabinet of Rarities consisted of a bequest of mainly Chinese objects, objects from the Royal House, and objects concerning the national history of the Netherlands. However, the first director of this Royal Cabinet, R.P. van de Kasteele, actively stimulated civil servants and travellers to collect for the cabinet and before long, the focus moved to Japan. Through the VOC settlement at Deshima, VOC officials had a unique access to things Japanese. The three main collectors in Japan in the first half of the nineteenth century were Jan Cock Blomhoff, Johannes van Overmeer Fisscher, and Philip Franz Von Siebold.
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List of figures
The Royal Cabinet of Rarities
A Japanese Collection in Leiden
Achieving a General Ethnographic Museum
The Swan Song of the Royal Cabinet of Rarities
Overige edities - Alles weergeven
Amsterdam April Archive arrangement artifacts Arts and Sciences August Batavia Batavian Society Bergvelt Blomhoff and Overmeer Cabinet of Rarities Captain Chinese civil servants clothing Cock BlomhofFs collection coins collectors Colonies court journey December Deshima director division Doeff donation Dutch East Indies Dutch Indies ethnographic collection ethnographic museum ethnographic objects Ewijck Gelder et.al geography and ethnography Hague inventory Japan Japanese collection Java July June Kasteele's Kellen to BZ king Klaproth Korner Kure lacquer Lampsins Leemans Leiden Lunsingh Scheurleer Manuscript R.P. material Mauritshuis minister Museum of Antiquities Museum of Ethnography Museum of Ethnology Nagasaki natural history Negroes Netherlands Nippon November October Overmeer Fisscher Overmeer Fisscher 1833 paintings pieces porcelain purchase Reinwardt RMO Leemans Royal Cabinet Royer scientific Section September Serrurier Siebold collection stadtholders Stuers Surinam Temminck tion Titsingh trade Van de Kasteele Van der Kellen various Veth Willem wrote