School of Jan Steen (Dutch, 1626-1679)
Tavern Interior with Tussling Couple
Signed or inscribed "JSteen" on the edge of the stool l.r., with an unidentified red wax seal affixed to the reverse.
Oil on panel, 9 1/4 x 7 5/8 in. (23.5 x 29.3 cm),framed.
Condition: Panel with irregular surface to l.l. quadrant and vertical surface ridges, old retouch, fine craquelure.
Literature: C. Hofstede de Groot, Beschreibendes und kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke der hervorragendsten Holländischen Maler des XVII. Jahrhunderts, nach dem Muster von John Smith's catalogue raisonné: Jan Steen, 1907 (special edition with notes to the second edition included in typescript),no. 851C, as by Jan Steen; K. Braun, Alle tot nu toe bekende schilderijen van Jan Steen, 1980, under no. B247, as canvas mounted onto panel, by a follower of Jan Steen.
N.B. The painting at hand is documented by a black and white photograph in the files of the RKD (Nederlands Instituut voor Kunstgeschiedenis),providing the following provenance: "Sale The Hague (Kunstzaal Kleykamp),10 June 1924, lot 35, (as by Jan Steen); hfl 1000, - to art dealer J. Hageraats, The Hague." Their records also suggest that the painting appears to be a version of a larger work by a follower of Jan Steen, and both works may actually be copies after an autograph work by Steen.
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