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De Schoorsteenontwerpen van I. Barbet en hun invloed in Nederland
Th. H. LUNSINGH SCHEURLEER
Vol. 52 (1935), pp. 261-266
Published by: Brill
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42712428
Page Count: 6
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Professor Sluyterman's book: "Huisraad en Binnenhuiskunst in Nederland in Vroeger Eeuwen" (1925, pp. 220, 221) contains some chimney-piece designs by S. Bosboom, as illustrations of Dutch interiors in the latter part of the 17th. century. These designs appear to be copies of prints by L. Barbet, engraved by A. Bosse and first published at Paris in 1633. The writer points to the influence of the French prints recognizable in a chimneypiece which forms the background in two of Jan Steen's paintings : "Jan Steen eating oysters" (Lonsdale Collection, 1660) and "Lightly come, lightly go" (Van Beuningen Collection, 1661). The main features of the Dutch chimney-piece, as also its symbolism which is in close affinity with the subjects of the paintings, have been taken from the print, but its ornamention and proportions have been so modified as to impart a typical Dutch character to the overloaded French original. It is still a matter for speculation whether Jan Steen possessed so much decorative talent as to be able to design the chimney-piece with the help of the engraving, or whether he had met with it in some private residence and copied it with slight alterations.
Oud Holland © 1935 Brill