Lot 105
  • 105

Anthonie Palamedesz.

20,000 - 30,000 USD
60,000 USD
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  • Anthonie Palamedesz.
  • An elegant company in conversation playing games and drinking in an interior
  • oil on panel
  • 20 by 31 3/4  in.; 50.8 by 82 cm. 


Anonymous sale ("The Property of a Lady"), London, Christie's, 23 July 1982, lot 120;
With Richard Green, London;
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 17 January 1986, lot 108;
There acquired and thence by descent. 


Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Berlin, Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbestiz; London, Royal Academy of Arts, Masters of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting, 18 March - 18 November 1984, no. 95 (lent by Richard Green).


P.C. Sutton, Masters of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting, exhibition catalogue, Philadelphia 1984, pp. 291-292, cat. no. 95, reproduced plate 16.

Catalogue Note

Within this light-filled interior by Anthonie Palamedesz., thirteen elegant figures gather around a table to play, drink, and embrace, while as a young serving boy in the shadow at the far left pours a glass of wine.  On stylistic grounds, Peter Sutton dates the present painting to early in the artist's career, circa 1632-1634, a period in which he created some of his finest works.1  This painting can be closely compared to Palamedesz's Merry Company in an Interior dated 1633 in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (inv. no. SK-A-1906).2

1. See Sutton, in Literature, p. 292.
2. See J. Bikker, Y. Bruijnen, G. Wuestman, Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Volume I-Artists born between 1570 and 1600, Amsterdam 2007, vol I. p. 299, cat. no. 226, reproduced vol. II, fig. 226.