The Museum of Bags and Purses is housed in one of the jewels of the Amsterdam canals: a lovely, authentic 17th century canal house with a long and colourful history. Over the years, the building has essentially been kept in its original state; both the interior and exterior have an impressive story to tell. On the first floor, two period rooms were recently restored to their original splendour. These rooms can be booked for all sorts of events and occasions.
The rich and elegant period rooms are decorated with beautiful works of art by great masters of the 17th and 18th century. Both the Small and the Large Period Room strike a perfect balance between the refinement of the past and modern facilities and make an ideal setting for special occasions for any number of guests: business meetings, dinners or receptions. The period rooms can also be booked as a wedding location.
Towards the end of the 17th century, the building’s owner Pieter de Graeff decided to decorate the two rooms on the first floor according to the latest fashion at the time. Paulus de Fouchier, a painter from the Dutch province “Zeeland”, was assigned to decorate the smallest of the two rooms with a painted ceiling. Later on, Jacob Smit finished the painting with gold leaf, adding the final touch to a work of art which can still be admired in its original state 300 years later.
In the first decades of the 18th century, the Large Period Room was decorated by the painter Louis Fabritius Dubourg from Amsterdam with a chimney piece and a painted ceiling. At the same time, the Small Period room was embellished with a sumptuous chimney piece, thus completing both period rooms.