With only three figures and carefully selected and rendered details - the musical instruments, the drinking cup, the boots on the floor, the representation captures and characterizes a Classical symposium. The scene is noteworthy for its gravity.
[By 1942, with Alfred Spero, London]; until 1962, collection of Hagop Kevorkian, New York; December 15, 1962, sold through Parke-Bernet, New York (Hagop Kevorkian sale, lot 239); collection of Alexander Iolas, New York; until 2013, collection of Iolas’ niece, Sylvia de Cuevas, née Iola, New York; acquired in 2013, gift of Sylvia de Cuevas.
Mertens, Joan R., Dr. 2014. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2012-2014." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 72(2): p. 6–7.