Center right, on mantelpiece: E de Witte / 166[...]
1669, possibly Laurens Mauritsz Doucy, Amsterdam [see note 1]. 1683, possibly Tames van den Bergh, Amsterdam [see note 2]. 1841, J. Kleinenbergh, the Netherlands; July 14, 1841, Kleinenbergh sale, Lamme, Leiden, lot 70, sold to Exforth for 205 fl. [see note 3]. Daniel Woodin, England; from Daniel Woodin to Fred Woodin, England [see note 4]. 1946, Koetser Gallery, London; 1946, half-share sold to W. E. Duits, Ltd., London (stock no. 7755); 1947, half-share sold back by Duits to Koetser, London and New York; 1947, sold by Koetser to the MFA for $5000. (Accession Date: September 18, 1947) NOTES:  This may be the "Koockentie" (kitchen scene) by Emanuel de Witte included in Doucy's inventory of January 18, 1669 (no. 56); see A. Bredius, Künstler-Inventare (The Hague, 1916), vol. 2, p. 424. Witte lived with Doucy between 1664 and 1667.  Possibly the "Keucken" (kitchen) by Emanuel de Witte included in his inventory of July 5, 1683 (no. 29). Getty Provenance Index Archival Document N-26.  Attributed in the catalogue to Pieter de Hooch.  A label on the reverse of the painting reads "From Fred Woodin's collection / From Daniel Woodin."
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