See Van Brekelenkam’s biography in this catalogue; and Elizabeth Alice Honig, “Brekelenkam, Quiringh van,” Grove Art Online: Oxford Art Online, accessed 5 April 2014.
As translated by Angelika Lassius, Quiringh van Brekelenkam (Doornspijk, 1992), 10–11, and cited in footnote 13, Adversaria Liedsche Schilders (18th-century notes, anonymous author), Gemeentearchief, Leiden.
He depicted the wife of a fisherman in much the same pose in another painting dated ten years later. See Quiringh van Brekelenkam, Kitchen Interior with Two Figures, 1667, oil on panel, Musée J.-P. Pescatore, Luxembourg, inv. 52.
The characterization of the wood is based on visual examination only.
The wood insert is ca. 0.6 cm H x 3.2 cm W.
Fig 3. Quiringh van Brekelenkam, Sentimental Conversation, early 1660s, oil on panel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931, 32.100.19, www.metmuseum.org