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.
Picón, Carlos A., Joan R. Mertens, Christopher S. Lightfoot, Kyriaki Karoglou, and Seán Hemingway. 2014. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection: 2012–2014." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 72(2): pp. 6–7.