Teniers was descended from an Antwerp family of artists. He painted this kitchen interior on copper; a smooth base on which you can paint in great detail. The daydreaming woman peeling apples is Teniers’ wife Anna Brueghel. Their son David is holding the plate of peeled apples.
On the table, there is a remarkable swan pie with all sorts of symbols of love: a garland of red and white roses and a shield with a burning heart and two clasped hands. Teniers may have intended this painting as a tribute to Anna.
David Teniers the Younger (Antwerp 1610 - 1690 Brussels)
55.5 x 77.5 cm
lower right: DAVID. TENIERS. F
at right, on the drawing above the fireplace: Ao 1644
Johan van Schuylenburch, The Hague; his sale, The Hague, 20 September 1735 and following days (Lugt 453), no. 64 (455 guilders); Govert van Slingelandt, The Hague, in or before 1752; his widow, Agatha Huydecoper, The Hague, 1767-1768; Van Slingelandt sale, The Hague, 18 May 1768 (Lugt 1683), no. 30; the entire collection sold to Prince William V; Prince William V, The Hague, 1768-1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum central des arts/Musée Napoleon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822