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Flora’s Wagon of Fools
Flora’s Wagon of Fools Flora’s Wagon of Fools

By Hendrick Gerritsz Pot

Flora’s Wagon of Fools
Flora’s Wagon of Fools Flora’s Wagon of Fools

The flower goddess Flora, with tulips in her hand, is enthroned on a triumphal chariot, here represented as a carnival cart. She is accompanied by three men in fool’s caps. ‘Tosspot’ cannot resist drink, ‘Wealthwill’ clutches a bag of gold, and ‘Lie-all’ exercises his smooth tongue. Mistress ‘Rake-it-in’ weighs her money, and the bird of hope escapes Mistress ‘Vain Hope’. The carnival cart is followed by the Haarlem weavers, many of whom had invested heavily in the tulip speculation. In the background can be seen St Bavo’s Cathedral. In this picture the painter Pot ridicules the speculation in tulips; it was painted in about 1640, soon after the collapse of the tulip boom.



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oil on panel


61 x 83 cm


Frans Hals Museum, photo: Tom Haartsen

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