The History of the Period Rooms
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 luxurious chimney piece, thus completing both period rooms.