Pieter Brueghel II (1564-1637)

Pieter Brueghel II (1564-1637)

A village with peasants merrymaking at table outside an inn, dancing around a Maypole, engaged in country sports, a dentist at work nearby, a wedding procession beyond

signed (?) (strengthened) and inscribed on a banner lower left P Brueghel/Salve, oil on panel
108.5 x 182.8 cm
Anon. Sale, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, 17 December 1952, lot 331, fig. IX
Marcel Quinet Esq.; Sale, Sotheby's, 9 December 1959, lot 64 ( 3.200 to G.F. Thomson)
G. Marlier, Pierre Brueghel le Jeune, 1969, p. 409, no. 2

Lot Essay

The composition follows the woodcut by Hans Sebald Beham (see F.F.R. de Maar, Vijf Eeuwen Tandheelkunde in de Nederlandse en Vlaamse Kunst, 1993, p. 21, fig. 1.3)

Marlier (loc.cit) mentions only one other version of the present lot, that in the Bayerische Staatsgemälde Sammlungen, Munich, inv.no. 5012, which is signed and dated 1616

Two more versions, which have been attributed to Pieter Brueghel II, are recorded in the R.K.D., The Hague: in the collection of Vittorio Duca, Milan, offered at Sotheby's London, 9 June 1983, lot 66, with ill.; Anon. Sale, Sotheby's London, 16 July 1980, lot 62, with ill.
The inscription 'Salve' on the banner is taken from the woodcut, where the inscription reads Wilde Boeren Salue. The scene of the dentist at work, although copied from Beham, derives from Lucas van Leyden's etching of 1523 (B. 157)

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