Domestic Interiors in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Batavia

  • Michael North


This chapter focuses on the interior decoration of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Batavia homes. On the basis of probate inventories, I’ll try to shed a special light on the households of non-Dutch people, such as the Chinese and the Muslim population. While Dutch families appear to have incorporated Asian decorative objects from the beginning, a greater exchange between Western and indigenous patterns in Chinese and Asian households seems to have been taken place only in the eighteenth centuries to a larger extent. In the following, I shall reconstruct facets of domestic interior decoration and answer the question to what extent the different ethnic groups accommodated specific styles and furnishings.


Batavia Dutch East India Company (VOC) Domestic interior decoration Chinese Muslims 


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  • Michael North
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  1. 1.University of GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany

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