This painting is exemplary of the highly developed oil on coppers the Austrian artist Franz Christoph Janneck made during the 18th century. Janneck was born in Graz, but moved to Vienna by the 1730s where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Art and later became one of the greatest artists of the Austrian Rococo. As seen in the present lot, he distinguished himself with his depictions of fête galante, which are considered his finest achievements. These festive and elegant scenes he developed owe much of their narrative to the paintings by the French artist Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). Furthermore, the extraordinary attention he placed on the beautifully rendered details of his works is reminiscent of the Netherlandish genre painters from the 17th century.
The lavish scene depicted in the present lot includes a profusion of objects and textures all designed to produce an air of opulence and beauty that pays tribute to the artist’s innate skill as a painter. The smooth, pastel-colored silk costumes and curtains contrast with the sharp shimmering gold and silverware on the table, creating the perfect conversation piece.