"Dissius" Auction of 1696

No. 2. "A maid pouring out milk, extremely well done, by ditto" 175-0

The Milkmaid, Johannes Vermeer
The Milkmaid
Johannes Vermeer
c. 1658–1661
Oil on canvas, 45.5 x 41 cm.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The description of painting no. 2 of the Dissius auction catalogue is unanimously believed to refer to the Milkmaid now in the Rijksmuseum. The painting was paid an exceptionally high price (175 guilders) in respects to other works of similar dimensions. It was also purchased by the same buyer of Woman Holding a Balance, (catalogue no.1) Isaac Rooleeuw. Unfortunately Rooleeuw was able to savor his two masterpieces briefly since both paintings were sold by foreclosure after his bankruptcy five years after the Dissius auction had taken place.