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David Teniers the Younger: 'An Old Peasant caresses a Kitchen Maid in a Stable'

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The reverse of the panel is branded with the coat of arms of the city of Antwerp.

Bawdy scenes like this were popular with the more affluent collectors, who were proud of their good manners. In the background an old woman beckons to a cat which is walking in front of a butter churn.

This work was probably painted in Antwerp in about 1650, just before Teniers moved to Brussels. It can be compared with the so-called 'Marriage of the Artist' of 1651 (private collection).

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