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THE WONDER OF ZAANDAM (Lots 286-289)
The drama took place in Zaandam on 29th August, 1647, when a woman rushed to her husband who was being thrown in the air because of a bull who was probably startled by a boy flying a kite. The wife gave birth to her son in mid air and both fell on the ground. The parents died directly after the drama and the child survived but died, nine months later.
The family is buried in the 'Bullenkerk' or Westzijderkerk Zaandam, where the painting (dated 1737), which was the example for the decoration of this cup and saucer, hangs as well (see illustration) together with a poem ('Des Stiers Wreedheyt') which describes the incident.