Cat, Mouse and Bears
|I would never have noticed
them if my friend Marlous had not shown them to me: the little cat and mouse on two houses
on the Herengracht, number 395 and number 397. You
will find them on the stretch between the Huidenstraat and
or, if you prefer another indication: opposite the Biblical
Museum, to the left and right of the small canal that
Herengracht to the Singel.
I made this web page, I did not know who made them. They might have
set of twentieth-century additions
to a couple of old houses, but on the other hand, this is exactly the
that artists of all ages have made. Because I was interested in the
story behind these little animals, I invited readers of this page to
In the spring of 2012, six years after I had posted the original page, I received an answer from one of the inhabitants, Mr Christian Braggiotti. He wrote to me that the cat was placed on the house by the late Fred Fraay, who lived at Herengracht 395 for twenty years. In 1986, he moved to the house on the opposite bank of the canal, where he added the mouse.
would never have noticed
them if Mr Braggiotti had not shown them to me: that there is
also a bear at the tip of the tower on 395, and another bear on the top
ledge of 397. THANKS!
Jona Lendering for
Revision: 28 June 2012