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.
at left, on a plinth next to the door: 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
This painting is part of the Netherlands Art Property Collection (‘NK collection’): objects that were stolen, seized or purchased during the Nazi regime. After the Second World War they were placed under the administration of the Dutch State. In recent decades, applications for restitution are taken into consideration again and some objects have been returned to the heirs of their rightful owners.