Two Smoking Peasants at the Coal Fire, David Teniers the Younger
David Teniers the Younger
Two Smoking Peasants at the Coal Fire
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David Teniers the Younger

Two Smoking Peasants at the Coal Fire, ca. 1634


Dimensions
16.3 x 13.0 x min. 0.5 cm
maximum depth
0.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Inventory Number
1225
Acquisition
Acquired in 1892 as bequest by Moritz Gontard
Status
Not on display

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About the Acquisition

Having fled from France in 1689 for religious reasons, the Calvinist Gontard family soon rose to wealth and honour in its new home town of Frankfurt: the Gontards were ennobled as "Imperial Knight of the Holy Roman Empire, Lord von Gontard". Their city mansion, 'Zum weißen Hirsch', lay in Großer Hirschgraben in the neighbourhood of those of the Goethe and Passavant families. The merchant and art collector Moritz von Gontard (1826-1886) was chairman of the five-man administrative committee of the Städelsches Kunstinstitut for many years until his death. Gontard made a gift to the museum on two occasions: once for the opening of the new building in Schaumainkai, completed in 1878, which he took as an opportunity to present the museum with Lucas Cranach's 'Venus'. Eight years later Moritz von Gontard died and bequeathed his art collection to the Städel. On 28 April 1887 the official press of Prussia confirmed that it was permissible to accept the bequest: "The Administration of the Städelsches Kunst-Institut in Frankfurt am Main has been granted permission by the territorial lord to receive the 33 paintings with an approximate total value of 103,000 M which were bequeathed by the deceased merchant Friedrich Moritz Gontard in his last will and testament." The collection mainly contained works of Dutch and Flemish Baroque painting.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Two Smoking Peasants at the Coal Fire
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts: D TENIERS F

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1892 as bequest by Moritz Gontard

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 46A14 farmers
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 31A231 standing figure
  • 31A235 sitting figure
  • 31A2353(+3) sitting with arms or elbows on the knees (+ sideview, profile)
  • 41C741(+1) pipe ~ tobacco (+ taking (particular) foodstuffs: eating, drinking, smoking, chewing, etc.)
  • 41B21 open hearth, fire-place
  • 31D17 old woman
  • 31AA231 standing figure - AA - female human figure
  • 42F51 maid ~ house personnel
Secondary

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Last update

06.09.2021