This tavern scene is a copy of Adriaen van Ostade's Peasants in a tavern of 1666 in Montpellier (Musée Fabre). Dr. Bernhard Schnackenburg has attributed it to the young Cornelis Dusart, who entered the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke in 1679. Dusart made copies after paintings by his teacher van Ostade as part of his training at this time and other examples are known, among them a Dancing Peasants in Leipzig (Museum der Bildende Künst). Both copies are slightly larger than Ostade's original paintings and Dusart's palette is more subdued.
We would like to thank Dr. Schnackenburg for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.