The Rommelpot: Interior with Three Figures

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Figure group comprising a half-length figure of a man to the right, playing a rommelpot: a primitive drum instrument made by stretching a pig's bladder over a pot, which creates a silly noise when played with the stick. The lady playing a pipe on the left looks seductively at the viewer, reinforcing the colloquial associations of the word 'pipe' in Dutch. The characters wear playful attire, for example the central figure wears a floppy hat with a spoon hanging from it. The scene emphasises jollity and playfulness.

The Rommelpot: Interior with Three Figures




oil on panel


H 32.8 x W 26.1 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by Edgar and Effie Assheton Bennett, 1979

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Inscription description

artist's inscription : : trc : artist's name : J Steen (JS in mon)


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