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Title Banqueting Scene in the Open Air
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Attributed to Caullery, Louis de (Flemish painter, before 1582-after 1621)
Previously attributed to Francken, Jan Baptist (Flemish painter, 1599-1653)
Date Earliest possibly about 1620
Date Latest possibly about 1622
Description Around fifty paintings are currently attributed to Louis de Caullery on the basis of stylistic similarities with his four surviving signed works. Most of them are outdoor scenes of elegant entertainments, like the banquet represented in this picture. The activities of the party seated under the trees emphasise the enjoyment of sensual pleasures. Allusions to the five senses and their objects, including Painting, can be found in the figures of the female reader, her musical companion, the courting couples, the wine-drinkers and the bashful-looking woman to whom a rose is offered on the left.
Current Accession Number B.M.535
Former Accession Number No. 61
Subject everyday life; landscape
Measurements 54.4 x 87.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Notes

A red wax seal with a crowned coat of arms on the back of the painting is a custom-house mark, used by the Bavarian State after 1809 (Dr W. Schwemmer, correspondence, 1964).

Banqueting scenes have been often associated with biblical episodes from which a moral lesson could be derived, such as the Prodigal Son. In this case, however, the emphasis is on the senses and their pleasures, as illustrated in similar works by De Caullery showing figures dining outdoors and social gatherings with musicians. Examples are found at the Muzeum Mazurskie, Olsztyn, the National Museum of Poznan, and The Five Senses (signed and dated 1618, Stredoceska Galerie, Prague)

The same scene appears in a painting of similar dimensions by Louis de Caullery, sold at Sotheby's, 1989, lot 224.

Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Mercedes Cerón
 

 

 

 

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