Hindeloopen, situated on the IJsselmeer in the province of Friesland, is known for its folk art, traditional costume and own language. The polychrome-painted furniture was traditionally produced by the sailors who worked at home during the winter months. They bought the wood in Scandinavia where they had seen painted household utensils and furniture. In Amsterdam they had seen the colourful chitsen or sitsen imported by the V.O.C. These influences and the colours red, black and green dominated strongly in the production of the Hindelooper sailor. Besides biblical scenes they used trees of life, griffins, birds and flowers as motifs.
About the The Hague merchant Dirk Boer we know that the name of his shop changed to Bazar in 1843 and later in Groote Koninklijke Bazar or Grand Bazar Royal. In 1841 the shop, also known as the Japansch Magazijn, was situated at the Plein in The Hague, and was still there in 1844. To King Willem II, D. Boer supplied a paravent jardinire in 1841, a tulipwood jardinire (f 375.00) in 1844, a wastepaperbasket made of antler in the same year (f 74.00) and a tulipwood table de toilet (f 350.00) in 1846. Circa 1850 the Grand Bazar Royal was situated at the Zeestraat in The Hague and fitted with large show-rooms, a winter-garden and a park. The shop exsisted until 1927 (Titus M. Elins, Kunst Nijverheid Kunstnijverheid, Zutphen, 1990, pp. 150-151; J.M.W. van Voorst tot Voorst, Tussen Biedermeier en Berlage, Amsterdam, 1992, pp. 70-71, 134, 447, 695).