Lot 11
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Philip Fruytiers Antwerp 1610-1666

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  • Philip Fruytiers
  • Portrait of David Teniers, three-quarter length, wearing a black cloak and white collar, resting his left hand on a chair
  • signed and dated upper left FRVyteRs. f./ 1655
  • oil on panel


Colonel Sir Godfrey Robert Llewellyn Bt., C.B., C.B.E., M.C., Tredilion Park, Gwent, Wales;
By whom sold, London, Christie's, July 16, 1971, lot 43, for 240 gns. to French;
French and Company, New York, New York, by whom sold to Burton B. Fredericksen, 1972;
Burton B. Fredericksen, Los Angeles, California, by whom donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, California in 1973, no. 73.PB.154.


B.B. Fredericksen, "Recent Gifts of Paintings", The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal, vol. 3, 1976, p. 113, reproduced p. 114;
F. Badouin, "Philip Fruytiers", in The Grove Dictionary of Art, vol. 11, New York 1996, p. 807;
D. Jaffé, Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 1997, p. 46, reproduced.

Catalogue Note

The easel standing in the background indicates that the sitter is a painter and, while the panel is not inscribed with the name of David Teniers, comparison with Peter Thys' portrait of the artist in Munich, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung, confirms the identity of the sitter as Teniers. In the Munich portrait Teniers is depicted in a very similar pose, although facing in the opposite direction, standing before his estate at Dry Toren, near Perck and the elaborate interior represented in the present work is probably a room therein.

Fruytiers evidently enjoyed painting his fellow artists and their families; amongst his relatively small oeuvre are two portraits of Rubens' children1 and a copy after Rubens of Jan Brueghel the Elder and his family2. Furthermore, his highly detailed miniature Family on a Terrace of 1638 (sold London, Sotheby's February 25, 1959, lot 15), which depicts a painter at work, is possibly a self-portrait.  A portrait by Fruytiers in watercolor of an unidentified family is included in this sale (see Part II, lot 121).

Although not clear enough to view in any detail, the heraldic shield on the column behind (three white shields arranged 2-1 on a blue background) is synonymous with that of nine families, only one of which, the Vroom family, is Dutch, the others all being French.

1  A miniature, Four Children of Rubens and Hélène Fourment with two Servants of 1638 and now in the Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, and Three of Rubens' Children of 1639, formerly with B. Koetser, London, 1975.
2  A miniature, after Rubens' original in the Courthauld Institute, London.