The Baker and His Wife by Jan Steen 1658

I’ve had hot, soft pretzels on the mind for a couple weeks already. Seeing this painting makes me want to make some. What a perfect warm treat on a cold fall evening. Yum!
I’m also curious about the bread held up and in the basket. They look concave. I wonder what those are.

Sifting The Past

The Baker and His Wife_Jan Steen_1658Jan Steen (1626 – 1679)

Detail: food, baker, bread, buns, manchet, pretzel, pretzel hanger, workman, work cap, boy, horn, bread rack, store front,  peel

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Published in: on October 23, 2013 at 7:51 am  Comments (6)  

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  1. maybe bread bowls?

  2. That is what they look like. Don’t they? I think of bread bowl as a modern item. I am very curious to find out.

  3. Could they be bread trenchers?

  4. Maybe.
    I see the whole table as breads with the man in front as the baker.

  5. Sorry, what I meant was could the bread bowls things be trenchers, like those used in place of plates at large feasts.

  6. Modern curiosity – Are bread bowls called trenchers in some areas?


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