Embroidered Cushion with West Friesland Coat of Arms

Magistrate's cushion with the West Friesland coat of arms, The Netherlands, 1767. Magistrate's cushion with the West Friesland coat of arms, The Netherlands, 1767. Courtesy Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, acc. no. BK-16228.

A magistrate's cushion (62 x 62 cm) with an embroidered coat of arms of West Friesland, in the northern part of the province of Noord-Holland, The Netherlands, is housed in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. It was made in West Friesland in 1767. It is made of wool with silk thread embroidery.

The cushion is made of dark green broad cloth with the crowned coat of arms of West Friesland, supported on both sides by a lion. The accompanying, embroidered text is: DE HR NICOLAAS BRUYN GECOMMITTEERDE RAAD 1767. De Gecommiteerde Raden were established in the late sixteenth century, and abolished in 1795, and they were responsible for the permanent management of administrative issues pertaining to their province, or parts thereof (such as West Friesland and the so-called Noorderkwartier, being part of the province of Holland) in The Netherlands.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam online catalogue (retrieved 19 June 2016).

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