Painting by Zacharie Noterman offered without reserve at the Metz auction on June 18-19.

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The Belgian artist was born in Ghent, c.1820, and died in Paris, where he spent much of his career, in 1890. He received his initial training from his elder brother, before enrolling at the Académie royale des beaux-arts d’Anvers (Antwerp). After setting up his own studio in Paris, he soon became part of the artistic establishment, exhibiting at many of the Paris Salons between 1859-87.

His subject matter was perhaps limited, but apparently very lucrative. Nearly all of his works were depictions of animals, in particular monkeys engaged in human activities.

In this 16 x 20in (41 x 52cm) canvas, mounted on wood, three monkeys in an inn are playing cards. It was painted in 1880 and is typical of Noterman’s take on popular Flemish Old Master interiors.

Along with all the other lots in the sale, the painting is being offered without reserve.