Antwerp 1651 - 1704 Amsterdam and Antwerp 1655 - 1729 Brussel
Canvas, 71 x 86 cm (with pendant)
Painted circa 1690/1700
Signed: J.P. Gillemans (right, on stone base)
Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, The Hague
An interesting detail in this painting is the fish fountain. These sculptures had become increasingly popular in the late seventeenth century and appear on other paintings by Jan Pauwel Gillemans II too. In the Netherlands a couple of these fountains have been preserved, remarkably, both designed by the architect Jacob Roman. The best known of the two is on Leiden’s Vismarkt and was created in 1692 by the sculptor Johannes Hannaert, who died in The Hague in 1709. In front of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn stands the dolphin fountain in which the fish are caught by their tails.