Pieter De Hooch
A remarkable painter of Dutch interior scenes of the 17th century.
He is often compared to Vermeer or at least mentioned in the same phrase, De Hooch being 3 years older than Vermeer.
However Vermeer’s paintings are more emotional. Vermeer is a master in creating an atmosphere, the interior being an accessory to help express the feelings he brushes down so delicately.
De Hooch is more precise, making the interior communicate with the exterior by opening doors and windows, using tiled floors to accentuate the perspective. The interior scene an elegant way to allow painting elaborated surroundings.
Before 1660 De Hooch lived in Delft there he painted middle class interior scenes.
When he moved to Amsterdam his clientele being wealthier the interiors reflect this. High ceilings, rich furniture, paintings on the walls, elaborated tapestries and indeed gilt leather
Theses paintings were painted around 1664
69,5 X 79cm (27,36X31,1”)
The Plaisance is probably a Flemish design from circa 1750.
The picture bellow shows the original as it can be seen in the Plantin Moretus Museum Antwerp.
No other archive seems to be available, perhaps some panels are stored in the reserves of decorative arts museums, who will tell.
The original design is small scaled and busy with perhaps more than 70 flowers per panel.
We decided to rescale the design and reduced the amount of flowers to 28.
This way we could contain the work and thus the price per panel it also makes the design more appealing for contemporary designers.
This panel is one of a set made for a customer in Amman Jordan.
Traditionally the color scheme for this panel would be a gilded ground, greenish leafing and polychrome flowers.
This could well be a close match to a 18th century panel.
To end with, here what a set of 4 looks like, well I hope the upholseter will do a better job than I am on my pc. The aim was to make a square of 4 panels, hmmm it didn’t work out as I expected.