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Experience what it was like to live in a high-class Amsterdam canal house !
In the museum the story is told of Abraham Willet (1825-1888) and his wife Louisa Willet-Holthuysen (1824-1895). Abraham Willet and Louisa Willet-Holthuysen were the last inhabitants of the monumental premises at the Herengracht which is now known as Museum Willet-Holthuysen.
They loved art and start a collection of high quality, but also very varied. Apart from paintings, Abraham collected ceramics, glassware, furniture, sculpture and much more. This variety is quite surprising when most of Dutch collectors in the 19th century only focused on the collecting of drawings, prints and painting.
The visit goes through several rooms in the house, the kitchen located in the basement was the staff’s domain and so the focal point of this floor of the house. If the huge stove and the rest of the original kitchen furniture are gone today, the display is a free interpretation of a late eighteenth-century kitchen in Amsterdam.
The woman salon is where the hostess received her guests and was designed to show her at her best advantage: the room was furnished in a cool and distinguished Louis XVI style. The Willets bought most of their expensive furniture in Paris.
The ballroom hosted musical concerts, literary events and gala balls for the Willet-Holthuysen. The furnishings and upholstery in the ballroom were in a sumptuous Louis XVI style, following the latest French fashion.
Pleasant and intimate, is the dining room with a table laid in festive style for six and a 275-piece Meissen porcelain service with which the Willets could seat 24 at dinner.