24 January 2003
Circle of Pieter Brueghel the Younger (Brussels c.1564-1637 Antwerp)
'To find the dog in the pot' - a Flemish proverb
inscribed around the frame 'Die in quaclyck thvys commen fyn vre niet en hot en Die vint soomenfiet Den hont mden pot'
oil on panel, circular, with an integral frame
7¾ in. (19 cm.) diameter
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Brueghel the Younger continued his father's penchant for illustrated Flemish proverbs; admonitions against anything from religious practices to dirty homes. The present small tondo represents a Dutch saying loosely translated as 'finding the dog in the pot'. The laboring husband has come home late, only to find that the dog has eaten his meal.
Please note the following provenance for this lot:
Ridder Alphonse de Stuers, Dutch Ambassador to Paris, circa 1900, and by descent to the present owner.
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