TUESDAY 14 DECEMBER 2010
AFTERNOON SESSION AT 2.00 PM
WORKS OF ART FROM THE LATE REGENTS OF THE RAEPENHOFJE IN AMSTERDAM (LOTS 183-197)
'Hofjes' (alms-houses with courtyard gardens) are typical for the Low Countries and originate from the 14th century. 'Hofjes' were built and founded by wealthy citizens for the old and needy. Pious laywomen (beguines) who lived a semi-community life and were Dutch reformed, Mennonite, Lutheran or Catholic mostly occupied the 'hofjes' in the past. In the centre of Amsterdam 47 'hofjes' can still be found.
The Raepenhofje is on the Palmgracht in Amsterdam. This 'hofje' was funded and built by city treasurer (thesaurier extra-ordinaris) Pieter Adriaensz Raep in 1648. His father Adriaen Pietersz. van Vlaardingen (b. 1556) -he changed his name into Raep (turnip) after the keystone of his house at de Warmoesstraat (now Dam 15) in Amsterdam- held several important positions amongst which alderman (schepen) in 1614 and chief commissioner of the Court in 1621. On his death in 1647 he left Pieter a substantial capital. This, together with his gratitude for the Dutch-Spanish Peace of Münster (1648) and his unmarried, childless status at the age of 67 might have been the reason for Pieter Adriansz. Raep's philanthropy. Pieter Raep died in 1666 and in his testament he ordered his heirs to be, and appoint a regent in order to warrant an eternal existence of the Raepenhofje. In the history of the 'hofje' several regents were appointed and in the pedigree of regents one will find family names like Raep, Kieft, van Erffrenten, Bruijningh, Hooft and Heshuysen. Today the Raepenhofje is a non-profit foundation which is still administered by descendants of Pieter Raep.
Herman J. Heshuysen (1876-1921), one of the regents transforms one of the rooms in the Raepenhofje into a cabinet of the regents (regentenkamer) between 1903 and 1906. This room in 17th century style would suit to house belongings of former regents and Heshuysen listed the items in an inventory from circa 1905. Soon after its transformation the circumstances of the room deteriorated and unfortunately Heshuysen was forced to remove the works of art. After Heshuysen's death the works of art were inherited by his descendants who have now decided to offer for sale these items which are without direct historical link to the Raepenhofje and/or without emotional relation to the family.
(Lit. E. van den Hoek, Zeventiende en achttiende hofjes in Amsterdam; in het bijzonder het Raepenhofje, Vrije Universtiteit Amsterdam, 1998; https://stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl/archieven/archiefbank/overzicht/225.n l.html)