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David Teniers II (Antwerp 1610-1690 Brussels) and Pieter Meulener (Antwerp 1602-1654)
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David Teniers II (Antwerp 1610-1690 Brussels) and Pieter Meulener (Antwerp 1602-1654)

An extensive landscape with a cavalry skirmish on a ridge

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David Teniers II (Antwerp 1610-1690 Brussels) and Pieter Meulener (Antwerp 1602-1654)
An extensive landscape with a cavalry skirmish on a ridge
signed with monogram 'PM' (lower centre, on the flank of the foremost horse) and signed indistinctly 'TE..' (lower right)
oil on canvas
57 x 87 in. (145 x 221 cm.)
Provenance
Don Diego Mesía, Marqués de Leganés, Madrid, 1655 (no. 363 in his posthumous inventory).
Condes de Altamira, and by descent.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 11 July 1979, lot 66, as by Joss de Momper and Peter Meulener.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 9 December 1988, lot 69, as by Joos de Momper II and Pieter Meulener, where acquired by the present owner.
Literature
J. López Navío, 'La Gran Colección de Pinturas del Marqués de Leganés', in Analecta Calasanctiana, 1962.
E. Greindl and M.-L. Hairs, L'âge d'or de la peinture flamande, 1989, p. 254. pl. 210, as Pieter Meulener and David Teniers II.
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Lot Essay

This large Cavalry skirmish was most probably commissioned directly from the artists by Don Diego Mesía, as it was recorded just a few years after it executed in Don Diego's posthumous inventory of 1655. Dr. Margret Klinge, who has inspected the painting in the original (certificate of 21 February 1989), calls the picture especially impressive ('ein besonders eindruckvolles Werk'), noting that David Teniers painted the landscape, with Pieter Meulener providing the staffage. She dates the painting to around 1648-50 on stylistic grounds. It was around this time that Teniers also started receiving important commissions from from Archduke Leopold William, Governor of the Southern Netherlands, and achieved a fully mature and confident understanding of landscape, as so clearly evident here.

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