This painting is regarded as the counterpart to Van Mieris’ Teasing the Pet, which is also hanging in the Mauritshuis. Although that painting dates from a year earlier, it is identical in size. It also has a similar theme – seduction. A man is trying to seduce a woman by offering her oysters, a delicacy known as an aphrodisiac. The man (Van Mieris himself) is obviously successful, as the woman (Van Mieris’ wife) is provocatively showing him her bosom.
Frans van Mieris the Elder (Leiden 1635 - 1681 Leiden)
The Oyster Meal
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20.8 x 27.6 cm
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rechtsonder: F. van Mieris fescit [sic] / Leyd. Bat / A°1661 niet geheel authentiek
Elector Johann Wilhelm von der Pfalz-Neuburg, Düsseldorf and Mannheim, until 1716; Kurfürstliche Galerie, Schleissheim, (inventoried in 1718); by inheritance to King Ludwig I of Bavaria, Munich, 1825-1868; transferred together with other paintings from the Bavarian Royal Collections to the Alte Pinakothek, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich; sold by the Bavarian government to D.A. Hoogendijk Gallery, Amsterdam, 1931; gift of Sir Henri W.A. Deterding, London, 1936
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