(1795 Schkeuditz - 1835 Berlin) Wine tasting in the cellar of the wine merchant Habel in Berlin. Executed in a finely detailed painting style with a romantic depiction, featuring an effective scene illuminated by candlelight. In the painting, a young wine merchant is offering a filled wine glass to a distinguished customer, while the cellar master, holding a wine thief in his hand, observes them both. This rare and artistically outstanding work is by the late genre and portrait painter of the Biedermeier era, Schroëter. Schroëter studied at the Leipzig Academy of Fine Arts from 1811 to 1817, and then from 1817 to 1819 at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. In 1826, he relocated from Leipzig to Berlin and focused more on genre painting. In the same year, Schroëter exhibited some of his works for the first time at the Berlin Academy Exhibition. By 1830, Schroëter had become one of the first and most well-known genre painters, even before the genre painting movement gained recognition at the Düsseldorf Academy. Oil on canvas, signed and dated 1827. Original frame. Provenance: From the collection of an old North German hotelier family.