"Pair Of Oils On Copper 17 / 18th Century"
Pair of oil paintings on copper representing tavern interiors, also known as "tobacco shops" dating from the end of the 17th century or the beginning of the 18th century. They are very good condition, refinished in the 19th century which has protected them from friction and wear. One of them bears a signature "D. Tenier". I think they are the works of a follower or a workshop of this very prolific Flemish master. However, the quality of these two paintings is obvious and sets them apart from the quantity of copies frequent on the market. The support of copper panels is a detail which underlines the quality of these two paintings. The small white dots in the photos are small dust under the varnish, much less visible in reality, the flash accentuating them. The frames in natural wood and golden baguette are from the 19th century. Dimensions without the frame: 23 cm by 18cm. With frame: 38cm by 33cm. p Many details in the decor as well as the quality of the physiognomies are remarkable. The pictorial layer protected by the varnish is in very good condition. . The arrangement of the two groups of characters that respond to each other makes a real pair of genre scenes. The play of shadows and lights gives a remarkable atmosphere.