Standing Girl with a Basket of Apples (dummy board)
This wooden painted figure standing alone shows a girl, in profile, wearing a lace ruff, a lace-edged bonnet and an apron with basket of fruit and walnuts on her left arm and single fruit in left hand. These types of pictures are not really paintings but form part of the furniture and are supported by a stand. They were usually found in entrance halls of houses, as greeters, or in front of fireplaces and acted as firescreens.
Oil painting on wood, Standing Girl with a Basket of Apples (dummy board), Dutch School, mid -17th century. One of a pair of mid-17th-century Dutch painted dummy board figures of children. A girl wearing lace ruff, lace-edged bonnet and apron with basket of fruit and walnuts on her left arm and single fruit in left hand. See same figure at Hinton Ampner NT 1529871.2.
Marks and inscriptions
Verso: Col. Myddelton 11/8/27 (label on verso)
Makers and roles
Dutch School, artist Flemish School, artist