An officer and a young lady are sitting at a table playing backgammon. Just as she is about to throw the dice, a messenger appears holding a letter. Is he bringing good news or bad? The concerned look on the officer’s face suggests the worst.
Verkolje was a master at depicting gleaming satin. The back of this beautiful dress, full of pleats, seams and creases, is a good example of his skill.
links, op een plint naast de deur: I. Verkolje / 1674
Possibly Pieter van Winter, before 1807; possibly Anna van Winter, 1807-1877; Van Loon Collection, Amsterdam; Van Loon Collection sold en bloc to Gustave de Rothschild, 1877; Alfred de Rothschild, London; Victor de Rothschild, London; sale London (Sotheby’s), 19-22 April 1937, no. 19 (for 1800 pounds to art dealers S. and R. Rosenberg); Fritz Mannheimer (1890-1939), Amsterdam; sold as part of the Mannheimer Collection to the Dienststelle Mühlmann for Adolf Hitler, Führermuseum, Linz, 1940; Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit (inv. no. NK 3111), 1946; on loan to the Mauritshuis, 1948-1960; transferred, 1960