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Posted - Mar 25 2018 :  22:38:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
oil painting any thoughts or info ? please share your expertise ( Dutch ? )
thank you in advance

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Edited by - P/K/S on Mar 25 2018 22:40:43

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Posted - Mar 26 2018 :  09:23:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is doubtlessly French, the boys being “petits Savoyards” or little ones from Savoy. People from that poor region travelled all over France with peepboxes, Guinea pigs, as musicians, chimney sweeps etc. The phenomenon was so well known and amusing that the upper classes would have their offspring painted “en petits Savoyards” as little Savoyards:
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Posted - Mar 28 2018 :  16:34:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thank you arb for all this information
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Posted - Mar 29 2018 :  14:19:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dear arb, I am afraid that your answer came too much quickly. These boys are pifferaro (see Google with this word), young italian shepherds who came in town to play their music and earn some more money.
Our petits savoyards didn't play music but prefered to show a rare animal in the towns : ground dogs, and they earned money from the people they called with a song, "la marmotte en vie" (the living ground dog). Moreover, they are often shown with the black nose and clothes they gained in the chimneys of the "great town".

Edited by - saintluc on Mar 29 2018 15:26:55
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Posted - Apr 10 2018 :  00:27:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pifferaro, a person who plays the piffero - Origin
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Sydney Morgan (bap. 1783, d. 1859), novelist and socialite. From Italian regional pifferaro (Italian pifferaio), although this is apparently first attested slightly later from Italian piffero + -aro (from classical Latin -#257;rius)
Saintluc..thank you very much for you correction, you put me on the right track again & again
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