Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
HENDRIK GERRITSZ. POT
Amsterdam 1580/81 - 1657
A BROTHEL SCENE
oil on oak panel, possibly reduced to an octagon
unframed: 33.8 x 43.3 cm.; 13¼ x 17 in.
framed: 45 x 54.5 cm.; 17¾ x 21½ in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. There is visible retouching along an old horizontal split visible in the dark background, upper right, about a third of the way down from the upper margin. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms this and reveals further retouchings: in the woman's dark coat, in the white tiles, and scattered in the background. In overall fairly good condition.
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Sale, Munich, Ruef, 1972, when acquired.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 137.
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H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Genre. Niederländische Malerei des 17. Jahrhundert der SØR Rusche Sammlung, vol. II, Münster 1996, pp. 202–05, cat. no. 49, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 125, cat. no. 137, reproduced in colour.
Another version of this composition by Pot is in the collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art. 
1. D.R. Barnes and P.G. Rose et al., Matters of Taste, Food and Drink in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch art and life, Syracuse 2002, p. 112, cat. no. 42, reproduced p. 113.