The Lacemaker

Artist: Nicolaes Maes (Dutch, Dordrecht 1634–1693 Amsterdam)

Date: ca. 1656

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 17 3/4 x 20 3/4 in. (45.1 x 52.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931

Accession Number: 32.100.5


A young mother makes lace while the boy in a high chair entertains himself (the objects are probably a pacifier and a ball). A ceramic porringer has been put down on the floor, where the silver cup and rattle would have arrived spontaneously. A family man himself, Maes often treated the themes of motherhood and domestic virtue during the 1650s.