The Collector's Cabinet

Hiëronymus Francken II (attributed to)1621/1621

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Brussels, Belgium

Jan Snellinck, also a painter himself, kept an art shop in Antwerp. We think that the bald-headed figure at the back of the painting on the right is him holding a miniature. The scene took place in 1621 (the date is inscribed to the left of the windows) and gives a pretty good idea of art aficionado's taste at the beginning of the 17th century. In the centre of the room, a commis is unveiling a large table with several antiques arranged on it. In the left foreground, on another table, books, a world atlas and several collectable objects are being displayed to customers. Among the numerous paintings on display, we have identified Frans Floris's Adam and Eve with 100% certainty, above a very beautiful Renaissance dresser. On the floor in the foreground, a 'Virgin with Child framed with a Garland of Flowers' and a large still life were part of the genres which were becoming increasingly popular in the 17th century in Netherlandish art.


  • Title: The Collector's Cabinet
  • Creator: Hiëronymus Francken II (attributed to)
  • Date: 1621/1621
  • support: wood
  • origin: Aquired from Léon Gauchez, trader, Paris, 1875
  • Physical Dimensions: w124.5 x h94 cm (without frame)
  • Provenance: Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
  • Type: painting (panel)
  • Rights: © Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels / photo : J. Geleyns / Ro scan

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