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A Merry Company at Table
  • Date: c. 1625 - c. 1630
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 58.5 x 81.4 cm
  • Inv: P192
  • Location: East Galleries I
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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.