In last night’s episode of Tussen Kunst en Kitsch we saw a 19th century Jack in the cellar. Reason for Emiel Aardewerk to go to the Dutch SILVER MUSEUM in Schoonhoven to show a Jack in the cellar with a very different price tag… Click here to watch
In the seventeenth century in Holland, it was a customary gift to expectant mothers, or it was shown to visitors by expectant mothers to indicate that a child was on the way. If one hoped for a girl, it was not called Jack in the cellar, but Maaike in ‘t Schaaprijke; Maaike in the sheepfold. Both the cellar and the sheepfold refer to the security of the womb. This drinking bowl and the associated custom was also known in neighbouring countries. In German: Hansel im Keller, Dutch: Hansje in de Kelder.
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