Frans van Mieris the Elder Man and Woman with Two Dogs, known as 'Teasing the Pet'
Van Mieris was one of the Leiden ‘fijnschilders’, or fine painters – artists who worked so finely that individual brushstrokes are barely visible. This skill is demonstrated well in the woman’s shiny skirt and the fur trim of her jacket.
Here, we see a man teasing a lap dog by trying to pull its ear. But the woman is pushing him aside. The smiling man is Van Mieris himself, and the woman is his wife, Cunera van der Cock.
Frans van Mieris the Elder (Leiden 1635 - 1681 Leiden)
Man and Woman with Two Dogs, known as 'Teasing the Pet'
27.7 x 19.9 cm
Signed and dated
upper right, on the door: Fv Mieris A° 1660 almost illegible
Coenraet, Baron Droste, The Hague, 1717; his sale, The Hague, 21 July 1734 (Lugt 442), no. 86 (for 725 guilders); Gerard Bicker van Swieten, The Hague; his sale, The Hague, 12 April 1741 (Lugt 537), no. 53 (bought in for 910 guilders and possibly still in his possession in 1752); Jacques de Roore, The Hague; sold to Govert van Slingelandt, The Hague, 1752-1767; his widow, Agatha Huydecoper, The Hague, 1767-1768; Van Slingelandt sale, The Hague, 18 May 1768 (Lugt 1683), no. 14; the entire collection sold to Prince William V; Prince William V, The Hague, 1768-1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum central des arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822
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