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Attributed to Bartholomeus Grondonck (active Antwerp 1617)
Attributed to Bartholomeus Grondonck (active Antwerp 1617)

A town kermesse

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Attributed to Bartholomeus Grondonck (active Antwerp 1617)
A town kermesse
inscribed 'die Boiere Cermes' (centre left, on the inn flag)
oil on panel
28 x 46 in. (71.7 x 118.1 cm.)

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The attribution is based on comparison with Grondonck's only known painting, signed and dated 1617, which was with Galerie De Jonckheere, Paris, 1989 (see J. de Maere and M. Wabbes, Illustrated Dictionary of 17th Century Flemish Painters, Brussels, 1994, I, p. 188, II, p. 512, illustrated). The Jonckheere painting is based on an engraving by Boetius Adams Bolswert after David Vinckboons (Hollstein III, 320) and the present picture seems also to derive from a Vinckboons' prototype. The figure, before the inn, of an elegant lady, her right hand holding her dress, recurs in the De Jonckheere picture.
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