The Wallace Collection

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A Merry Company at Table
  • Hendrick Gerritsz. Pot (1585 - 1657)
  • A Merry Company at Table
  • Netherlands
  • c. 1625 - c. 1630
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 58.5 x 81.4 cm
  • Signature: 'HP' in monogram
  • P192
  • East Galleries I
Further Reading
  • A bordeeltje, or brothel scene, is implied by the discarded rapier, lute and dog in the foreground, symbolizing the disarming power of love and carnal desire. An elderly brothel-keeper watches from a doorway as her girls flirt with the soldiers. The figures seated around the tables make music together, a common euphemism for making love. They also play cards and smoke, both considered vices at the time.