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A type of still-life painting showing the ingredients of a simple meal. Banketjestukken were developed in the 1620s and 1630s in Holland, particularly in Haarlem by artists such as Pieter Claesz. and Willem Claesz. Heda. Typical contents included bread, cheese, fish, fruit and nuts, and a tankard of ale, all carefully laid out on a table. Breakfast pieces were painted in a relatively severe, monochrome palette, very different from the show and splendour of the pronkstilleven.

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