For Museum, Opportunist or Sharp Dealer, .. or
..maybe a forward thinking collector. This unique rarity is simply prima facia, not lots of deductive reasoning is needed. I'd imagine no one comes to this venue expecting or even hoping to find a never known or recorded example of a painting by the world class artist, Pieter Breugel I. Here, another coveted museum candidate with a chance to find a new owner, and, at far less than I percieve to be its reasonable value. This 450 years old tile is large and in fine original condition, likely a chimney tile of shallow sluice form, the sides are raised by about double thickness, the top is a bit less wide than bottom, at top are the original 3 small holes, ..across horizontally, perhaps those for added security, holes for pins without needing to rely on only the usual mortar, which, in a stove, such gets constantly heated and cooled causing the adhesive properties to eventually weaken. It's possible a large stove tile, those from Holland, Belgium, Germany and the Germanic areas, the better homes, commonly had tile stoves, sort of closed in fireplaces for better control of both heat and cooking. As a large and imposing central home fixture, seemingly all were 'decorated' by color glazed or painted tiles. Publications concerning the artist date back to at least the mid 17th century after things written during and after his life span. With family, they moved to Antwerp while young, not much is known of his early life, though it is mentioned, as young, he was employed to paint tavern signs, wagons and stove and wall tiles. This massive and likely chimney tile, unsigned as all were, was painted by him. It is of the right type and age, 1550 to 1600 and the thin, clear protective over glaze sealing the painting is all original to the tile's manufacture. The actual paints of the scene, are ground mineral based colors, those sealed in by its kiln fired thin, clear surface glaze, the same process as the later Dutch painted tile offered here. It could only be speculated if this tile was painted before or after his large work of 1559, The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, of which the central figure is isolated on the tile and quite similar with only small changes. In his highly successful folk paintings such as this, he often did copies, (his inspiration for these was obviously from the paintings of about 100 years earlier of Hieronymus Bosch, (born in the same town). As example, it is noted that his painting, Netherlandish Proverbs, (Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen, Berlin), which depicts over 100 proverbs in the familiar setting of a Flemish village; it eventually became one of the artist’s most popular images—over time, at least sixteen copies of the painting are known by him. I have little idea of how to value and price this, lots of joy owning and seeing it for near 40 years. Tile & Painting in original fine condition. Dimensions: Top length 12", Bottom 15", Height 28". thickness of border 2", thickness of tile 1".