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The Collection of the late Mrs Doodeheefver-Toonen
The late Mrs Doodeheefver-Toonen, daughter-in-law of the Dutch wallpaper industrialist, H.P. Doodeheefver, assembled her wonderful collection of high-quality ceramics, paintings, furniture, silver and works of art in the late Forties and Fifties: from curtains to a silver lemon squeezer, and from a rare 18th-century astronomical longcase clock to the exceptional collection of Delft doré objects.
She had a keen connoisseurs' eye for European ceramics, especially Dutch Delftware. She diligently browsed at antique dealers and auctions in search of her favourite collector's items, such as her distinguished group of Delft doré objects 1700-1740, their delicate colours enhanced by gilt.
Among the wide variety of Oriental porcelain is an interesting group of famille verte, including teapots formed like bamboo stems, square bottles, fluted bowls and saucers. Each is painted softly and delicately with flowers, birds, insects and animals. They are real treasures for both the passionate collector and the scholar.
The attractive group of approximately twenty five paintings from the 19th century reveals her wide range of interests, the unifying factor being her predilection for quality. The Dutch Romantic and Impressionist Schools are well represented: a pair of detailed paintings by Jan Hendrik Verheijen (1778-1846) depicts figures in a Dutch town; an exquisite small panel by the renowned equestrian artist, Wouterus Verschuur (1812-1874) shows a figure looking after horses; and a magnificent large panel by Johannes Bosboom (1817-1891) renders the interior of a church. These fine and rare objects are joined by several highly decorative Old Master Pictures and Drawings.
Entering the late Mrs Doodeheefver-Toonen's tasteful apartment one's eye was immediately caught by the Dutch 18th-century satinwood 'klapbuffet' with lacquer panels. The Dutch 18th-century astronomical longcase clock emphasized her love for exceptional pieces. The set of eight mahogany chairs in the dining room, the lovely side cabinets and the secretaire a abattant all demonstrate her preference for Dutch furniture from the 18th century.