Miniature coffin, anonymous, c. 1787
Joan Derk van der Capellen was the leading ideologue of the Dutch Patriots. After his untimely death during the heyday of the Patriot movement, he came to be seen as a hero by his partisans. The Orangists, his political adversaries, blew up his tomb in 1787. This miniature commemorative coffin is said to have been made from the remains of the original coffin.