This bookcase bears the initials of Andreas Everardus van Braam Houckgeest (Dutch, 1739-1801), who was employed in various capacities throughout his life by the Dutch East India Company (founded in 1602 to oversee Dutch trade with East Asia). In June of 1796, Van Braam bought a farm near Bristol, Pennsylvania, where he constructed "China's Retreat," a fifteen-room house with Chinese features.

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese, for export to the American market

Made in China, Asia

c. 1795

Rosewood with lacquer and gilt decoration

37 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches (95.3 x 29.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Thomas Skelton Harrison Fund, 1970

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