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Beltens, Magdalena

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Inventory #1089
ArchiveThys archive, library, University of Leiden
Call Number112 F 3
Date1640 ca.
Family NameBeltens
Owner NameBeltens, Magdalena
Life Dates1610/08/16 |d bef. 1654
ResidenceProbably on the Keizersgracht in Saxenbergh (no. 224) in Amsterdam
IntroductionThis inventory is not dated. From several of the entries, it may be deduced that it was written or dictated by Magdalena Beltens after the death of her first husband Anthony Thijsz. and her remarriage with Christoffel Thijsz., both of which took place in 1634. It may be that it was drawn up in 1639 when her brother Pieter Belten de jonge died (cf. 1 wapen van mijn broeder sa. of LOT 0061.) Note that the inventory contained a portrait of Magdalena Belten in mijn jonckheijt. Since she was born in 1610, she was 29 years old when her brother Pieter Belten died. She died some time before 1659 when Christoffel Thijsz. remarried with Sara de Raet, the daughter of Elias de Raet II. Perhaps a date in the early 1640s shortly after the death of Pieter Belten II is the most likely. On 7 September 1640, the honorable Jacomyntje Gerrits, wife of Herman Heere, Catharina Heeren, 24, Marijte Joosten, 20, declared at the request of Juffr. Magdalena Baltens, wife of Christoffel Tyssens (Thijsz.) that they had gone to the domain (hofstede) of the producent (Magdalena Beltens) at her request to get some things belonging to her. The boy of Christopher Tyssen got from the domain a basketful of peaches that he was supposed to bring to Amsterdam (NA 1601, fol. 161, Not. W. Hasen). The present inventory is introduced as follows: Volgen de schilderijen soo se Magdalena Beltens opgenomen heeft.
CommentaryThe present inventory overlaps in part with INVNO 1088, which seems to have been drawn up shortly after the death of Anthony Thijsz., the first husband of Magdalena Belten. From the presence of 2 conterfeijtsels van mij ende Christoffel Thys, we may infer that this is a later inventory, taken after Magdalena's remarriage. Magdalena Thijs was born on 16 August 1610 and baptized on the next day. Her godparents were Thijman Jacobsz. (Hinlopen) and Madaleentje Timmerman (Thys archive, no.120 and no.121). On Thijman Jacobsz. Hinlopen, see the NOTES to R 27612 of Montias2. On 1 April 1644, the honorable Jacques Beltens (brother of Pieter Beltens I), Adriaen van der Hede (cited in the NOTES to R 30037 of Montias2), and Jacob Verschuer (cited in the NOTES to R 37037 of Montias2), all merchants, and next relatives of Juffr. Magdalena Beltens. wife of Christoffel Thijsz., declared that, on this day, Christoffel Thijsz., assisted by his brother-in-law Mr. Allaert Kloeck, under the supervision of Mr. Joahn van Heemskerck. alderman, and Dirck Tholing, counsellor and former alderman, and Constantin Lempereur, professor of Hebrew at Leyden University, and guardian of the children of Juffr. Beltens procreated by her first husband Anthonie Thijsz., came to an agreement settling the children's inheritance (NA 998, film 1882, Not. Gerrit Coren). For information on Magdalena Beltens's father of INVNO 980, see the TEXT of R 879; on Magdalena herself and her two husbands Anthonie Thijsz. and Christoffel Thijsz., see also the TEXT of INVNO 1088 in R 987. Only one painting in the present inventory seems to have been inherited by Magdalena from her father Pieter Belten (as indicated in the NOTES). Most, however, came from from her first marriage with Anthony Thijsz. (and from the paintings that Anthony had presumably inherited after the death of his brothers Augustijn, Hans, and, probably, Franciscus). On 14 February 1657, an inventory was drawn up of the children's goods (luijer ende kindergoet) belonging to Christoffel Thijsz. and to his wife Magdalena Belten. These goods had been given to Levina Thijs, wife of the heer Willem Edmondt, daughter from her first marriage (with Anthony Thijsz.) of Magdalena Beltens. The goods were kept in an ebony chest (NA 1914, fol. 582, Not. Uyttenbogaert).
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Lot Type Artist Title Subject Verbatim Entry
0001 FLORIS, FRANS (I) 1 groot stuck van Frans Floris
0002 [ANONYMOUS] 1 offeringe van een groote koning
0003 [ANONYMOUS] 1 stuck van de melastheijt
0004 [ANONYMOUS] 1 schipts batalie in Duijns
0005[a] [ANONYMOUS] 2 stucken van blompotten
0005[b] [ANONYMOUS] 2 stucken van blompotten
0006 [ANONYMOUS] 1 stuck van vogels
0007 [ANONYMOUS] 1 stuck van frutasie
0008[a] [ANONYMOUS] 2 batalien van Crabaten ende een van de koningh van Sweden
0008[b] [ANONYMOUS] 2 batalien van Crabaten ende een van de koningh van Sweden
0008[c] [ANONYMOUS] 2 batalien van Crabaten ende een van de koningh van Sweden
0009 [ANONYMOUS] 1 oude bestevaer naest het stuck van Frans Floris
0010 [ANONYMOUS] 1 stucken met de pen gedaen van van (sic) 2 naecte kinders hanckt tegen het posselyn kamertien
0011 [ANONYMOUS] 1 stuck van een naecte Venus int posselyn kamertien
0012 [ANONYMOUS] 1 groot stuck van Lot en syn dochters voor de schou
0013 [ANONYMOUS] Antiquarius van Antitiaen
0014 [ANONYMOUS] 1 Venetiaens Senator
0015 [ANONYMOUS] 1 hanegevecht
0016 [ANONYMOUS] 1 ossen ende wolven ende beregevecht
0017 [ANONYMOUS] 1 conterfeijtsel van myn broeder (Pieter Belten de jonge)
0018 [ANONYMOUS] 1 van ossen ende koeijen
0019 [ANONYMOUS] 1 sinte Paulus
0020[a] [ANONYMOUS] 2 ronde lantschapkens
0020[b] [ANONYMOUS] 2 ronde lantschapkens
0021[a] [ANONYMOUS] 2 lange lantschapkens
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