Fine oil on board painting depicting four gentlemen / cavaliers / musketeers in 17th Century attire gathered around a table drinking wine in a large, high-ceilinged interior, most likely an inn dining room. An old woman, a fortune teller, reads the palm of the seated gentleman while two of the standing men watch with great interest. The third standing gentleman looks the other way distracted by a beautiful young woman servant who stands to the side holding a large wicker-covered glass wine container. Behind the group is a huge carved wood mantle and other furniture decorated with pewter plates. The painting is signed on the lower left Francisco Moles and dated '97. Francisco Moles was a Spanish school painter from Segovia, Spain, active in the late 19th / early 20th Century. He is known for genre scenes of gypsy camps, circus workers at rest behind the scenes, and Moorish / orientalist scenes of concubines in the Alhambra palace. The board also has a later inscription in pencil on the back, in Spanish, that reads "La Buena Ventura" (meaning "The Good Fortune"). It comes in an antique carved gilt wood frame ready to display. In very good used condition with minor imperfections to frame as shown. Shipped professionally packed and fully insured with tracking number. Shipping costs are approximate, please provide zip code for estimate to your location.
Measurements: Frame: 20 3/4" by 16 1/2"(52.7 cm by 41.9 cm); Board: 13 3/4" by 9 3/4" (34.9 cm by 24.8) approximately.
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