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    Sale 5432

    Old Master & British Pictures

    29 October 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 49

    Gillis van Tilborgh II (Brussels 1625-1678)

    Peasants smoking outside a tavern

    Price Realised  

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    Gillis van Tilborgh II (Brussels 1625-1678)
    Peasants smoking outside a tavern
    signed with initials 'T B' (lower left)
    oil on canvas, unframed
    21½ x 17½ in. (54.6 x 44.4 cm.)


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    A pupil of David Teniers II, Van Tilborgh is recorded as initially having studied under his father; he subsequently moved to Brussels, where in 1654 he became a member of the painters' guild. His earlier work consists mostly of genre scenes of peasant life, such as kermesse and tavern scenes in the manner of his master and Joos van Craesbeeck, and group portraits of Flemish burghers. After 1666 (the year he was appointed keeper of the picture collection in Tervuren Castle) he specialised in painting kunstkammer interiors.

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