Manner of Ferdinand van Kessel (1648-1696), Flemish
MONKEY STEALING FOOD FROM A TABLE
Oil on panel, sculpted tondo on an square panel
Diameter height 9 in — 22.9 cm; 9.5 x 9.25 in — 24.1 x 23.5 cm
The monkey motif was a recurrent one in Frans Snyders's work; it was appreciated by the public, and was a traditional symbol of lechery, excess, and greed.