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Tavern Interior by John S.C. Schaak 1762

Tavern Interior_John-S-C-Schaak_1762John S.C. Schaak  active 1760-1770

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Detail: tavern, chair, table, basket, food, sideboard, meat, pie, plate, knife, fork, fire, hearth, fireplace crane, cucumber, lemon sausage, meat hook, beef, bird, bird cage, bottle, glass, bread, mortar and pestle, chocolate pot, spit turner, soldier, cooking pot, tongs, serving boy, raised cooking surface, fry pan, jug, game birds, rabbit

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  1. It seems that the “game birds” include some of what we today would call song birds. Many were commonly eaten at that time. The little red-faced one may be the English goldfinch.

    Notice that the gentleman having a meal wears two garters, one above and one below the knee, both with silver buckles and seemingly made of the same fabric as his breeches.

    1. Those are probably his boot garters. Soft riding boots sometimes had a strap and garter that kept them up. It fastened above the knee. Nice genre painting. Too hbad about the damage in the foreground.

    2. If I am not mistaken, what you are referring to as the lower garter is the kneeband of the gentleman’s breeches. What the purpose of the upper “garter” is I have no idea.

  2. Greetings all,

    Please correct me if I’m wrong…I’ve seen this particular painting before…and as I recall it is an American Tavern. (Not an 18th century european tavern…but a tavern in colonial America.) How cool is that? 🙂

  3. This was very interesting; I love these sorts of genre paintings that are chock full of historical information.

    It’s possible that the item on the gentleman’s table is not a watch but a salt cellar. There’s not enough detail to distinguish between them, but I thought it was worth throwing that possibility out there.

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