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PROPERTY FROM A FAMILY COLLECTION

David Teniers the Younger
AN INTERIOR WITH AN OLD MAN WITH A PIPE AND A FLAGON SEATED AT A TABLE, OTHER FIGURES SMOKING BY A FIREPLACE BEYOND
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM A FAMILY COLLECTION

David Teniers the Younger
AN INTERIOR WITH AN OLD MAN WITH A PIPE AND A FLAGON SEATED AT A TABLE, OTHER FIGURES SMOKING BY A FIREPLACE BEYOND
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 GBP
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David Teniers the Younger
ANTWERP 1610 - 1690 BRUSSELS
AN INTERIOR WITH AN OLD MAN WITH A PIPE AND A FLAGON SEATED AT A TABLE, OTHER FIGURES SMOKING BY A FIREPLACE BEYOND
signed lower right: D TENIERS F
oil on oak panel
35.6 x 33 cm.; 14 x 13 in.
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Provenance

Dr Cornelis Jan Luchtmans (1777–1860), Rotterdam;
His sale, Rotterdam, Mierop, 20 April 1816, lot 138, for 48 florins, to Woodijn;
Private collection, Belgium, by 1991.

Exhibited

Antwerp, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, David Teniers the Younger. Paintings. Drawings, 11 May – 1 September 1991, no. 31.

Literature

M. Klinge (ed.), David Teniers the Younger. Paintings. Drawings, exhibition catalogue, Antwerp 1991, p. 108, cat. no. 31, reproduced in colour p. 109.

Catalogue Note

This painting is known in several old copies, some perhaps produced in Teniers' own studio, which were considered to be autograph until the early 1990s.1 The present work, however, is now known to be the signed original - the large number of replicas testament to both its immediate and enduring popularity as a quiet but powerful image. The figure of the protagonist is particularly striking, gazing out directly at the viewer, simultaneously alert and lost in thought, his expression revealing a feeling of age and weariness. The figures beyond are more stylised and less defined, making the minutely-rendered features of the old man stand out all the more.

A mount in the photo library of the RKD, The Hague, records that a photograph of this painting was given to the Rijksbureau by the Parisian dealer Jadwiga Vuyk in 1941, although it is unclear whether Vuyk owned and sold the painting or not.

1. Period copies in the Villa Borghese and the Galleria Corsini, Rome, reproduce the composition in its entirety, while a copy in the Mauritshuis, The Hague (on loan from the Rijskmuseum, Amsterdam), is reduced and omits certain details, such as the peasants standing by the fire and the glowing tobacco in the foreground; see Klinge 1991, p. 108, reproduced figs 31a and 31b.

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