Exhibitions: Picturing Place: Francis Guy's Brooklyn, 1820


Unknown Maker (The Netherlands). Kas, ca. 1650. Rosewood and ebony veneers over oak and pine. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mary van Kleeck in memory of Charles M. van Kleeck, 51.157.1.

One of the most impressive furnishings in elite Dutch homes was the kas, a large storage cupboard. It is believed that this Baroque-style example was imported to New York in the seventeenth century, possibly by François Rombout (d. 1691). An immigrant from Hasselt (now in Belgium), Rombout became a successful merchant and served as mayor of New York in 1679. After dying out in Europe, the kas form persisted in America for at least another century, a sign of the enduring Dutch heritage of the New York region.