Ashford Kennel Löwchen

The Albrecht Dürer House

Albrecht Dürer's home that he shared with his wife Agnes (Frey) and their Löwchen, a small dog, named Liesle. Liesle was a definitely Löwchen. In the early years of my research on the breed, I became convinced that Dürer had an actual Löwchen and that the little dog he illustrated, was not just made up in his head. I remember saying as much to Felizitas Dylla of Bürgwald Kennel in Germany more than once.Felizitas was often my sounding board through the journey of gathering and making sense of the breed history.  
Because my fathers father was from Nuremberg, it was always on my list of places I had to go to; to both to walk the streets my Grandfather walked as well as experience where Dürer lived. Since Felizitas was going to school in Nuremberg, it was a done deal. I decided to make the journey over and join her to see the city for myself, which she assured me was beautiful. She was right. I fell in love with the city. 
The added bonus of my first visit, was that the curators confirmed my suspicion about Dürer and the little dog. He did indeed own a little dog who was illustrated more than once in some of his most important pieces. I will add those pieces at the bottom in the near future. One thing I do want to mention is that Dürers dog had prick ears! The prick ears are also found on the Löwchen belonging to Katerina von Mecklenberg (of the same era), which will make an appearance soon on this site. When she does I will provide a link to her and her dog.
The Dürer home was a large home for it's time. Dürer's wife ran the business while he created the art. This house had all the trappings of success, for a business of it's time. 

The house is one of the last before the cities outer wall. It is at the top of a steep hill. Quite the climb!

The houses against the wall are from a later era, so Dürer never saw them. People, in his day, could walk on the top of the wall all the way around the city! You still can!

As you can see, parts of the wall have been rebuilt. 

The view directly opposite from the house. 

This view is just around the corner from the house. The castle is in the background. The two Fachauser are from Dürers era. 

This is the living room/salon, where the Dürers entertained important clients and friends. 

The hallway just outside the kitchen and living areas. Note the terra-cotta tile floors!

This room was the bedroom for Agnes and Albrecht. The glass in the windows is original to the house. 

Another view of the living/saloon. The ceramic heater is one way the house was heated in Dürer's day. Notice the hanging frame around the heater. It was used for hanging items that needed drying after being washed. 

Some of these furniture pieces are original to the house. 

These cabinets are built into the wall. It is likely that at one time there was a cabinet placed under this one. 

Built in storage cabinets. Some have locks so that the mistress of the house could safely store valuables in them. 

A close up of the built-in cabinet. Look at the ornate iron work and inlaid wood. This cost a pretty penny. 

Look closely at this matching cabinet!

This piece was a quality piece for its time. This piece did not necessarily belong to the Dürers.

Look at the in-laid woodwork. This is the then-modern washbasin. 

This window features a stained glass piece. Check the next photo out. 

Look at the left, this is actually the top of the stained glass, There is Dürer name.

This is another view of the dining room looking into the living room with the furnace. 

The staircase going from the business part on the first floor, to the living areas. 

We are now in the workshop of Albrecht. 

Wood carving which are used to create prints. 

The residence artist who shows visitors how the art press works. 

The press at work, the artist is spinning a wheel to tighten the press. Tightening the press berates the print, by pressing the wood plate onto the paper. 

This print was pressed twice, to apply both colors. 

This is another view of the workshop. The bottles in the back hold color powders, which mixed with oils created the inks Dürer worked with. 

This is a glass globe with water in it. It concentrates a beam of light, as you can see on the right hand, on the illumination of the wood block. 

Original painted cabinet door. 

 This is another example of painted doors of an inset, into the wall, cabinet.

This is the second set of stairs that led up to the workshop on the top floor, under the attic. 

A less than obvious cabinet in the stair case. 

Looking down the staircase to the ground floor. 

This is an incredible set of locks on one of the interior doors from the public to private part of the house. 

Durer walked past this bull and doorway, not far from his house. You can too, if you visit this magical city. 

This building is part of the Catholic complex. 
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