David Teniers II
(Antwerp 1610 – Brussels 1690)
Peasant Smoking and Drinking By a Fire, Another Relieving Himself in the Background
Signed with monogram upper left
Oil on panel, 29.7 x 23.2 cm
– Collection Graf von Harrach, Vienna, 1926 (inv. no. 3225)
– Auction Sotheby’s, London, 6 July 1994, lot 4 (offered together with its pendant)
– Private collection, the Netherlands
H. Ritschl, Katalog der Erlaucht Gräflich Harrachschen Gemälde-galerie in Vienna, Vienna, 1926, no. 53
Inscribed with an old inventory number W.F.143. lower right.
Registered at the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague under number 13943.
Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Drs. Margret Klinge, dated 5 September 1996, in which she states that the work dates from the artist’s later period whilst being active in Brussels.
A comparable work, The Smoker (c. 1660), is part of the collection of the late art collector Jean-Pierre Pescatore (1793-1885). Until 1953, his collection was housed in Musée J.P. Pescatore Galerie Municipale Peinture Luxembourg (inv. no. 341). Currently the collection is housed in the Villa Vauban in Luxembourg City.