This large print depicts a fortune teller being pick-pocketed. The fortune-teller is reading the the palm of a young-man. Soldiers & other men are sitting at the table drinking. A child carrying a basket is stealing from a cloaked-man who pick-pockets the gypsy fortune-teller.
The design is based on the oil-painting by Valentin de Boulogne, "The Fortune Teller" (Toledo Museum of Art, USA). That painting resembles a famous, and much-copied by printmakers, painting ca. 1615 by Simon Vouet of a similar scene
Print made by Jean Ganière, ca 1640.
Damage: Significant areas are cut-off: particularly, both top corners & the inscriptions below the bottom border. Plate-size of museum impressions are ca.49 x 34cm, showing that about 4cm is missing on each edge of the print on offer.
Condition: Cut within border (see above). Either stuck-down,or printed, on thick paper. Mounted by bottom two corners onto sheet of old laid-paper with lettering-watermark. Central vertical-crease, tear/crease bottom-right & other areas of surface-damage. (see photos).
Reference: IFF 17e siècle, IV, S. 321, Nr. 32 "La Diseuse de bonaventure"
Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich: Inv.-Nr. D 12116
National Gallery of Art: 2013.184.5
Jean Ganière (c.1615-1666). French engraver, publisher and print-dealer. Apprenticed to Jean Vallet. Trained Regnesson, Nicolas Bonnart Landry & many others.
Valentin de Boullogne( before 1591-1632).French painter in the tenebrist style. Supposedly died after bathing in the Fontana del Tritone, having drunk too much.
- Jean Ganière (c.1615-1666) after Valentin de Boulogne (c.1591-c.1634)
- Title of artwork
- Fortune Teller with Soldiers
- Engraving, Etching
- Signature cut-off
- See description
- Sold with frame
- Image size
- 45.9×30 cm