Les Jouers de Boules (The Bowlers)

David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690), Les Jouers de Boules (The Bowlers), etching, c 1660. Reference: Dutuit 38, first state (of 2).  With a number of condition issues:  tear through upper left corner and lower right corner restored, foxing, inked in on repaired corners, some rubbed spots, spots of red on man at right. With narrow or thread margins most of the way around, 5 3/4 x 10 inches, 146 x 254 mm.

Provenance:  Sotheby’s Park Bernet New York, auction of old master prints November 3 1983, lot 462.

A fair impression, on paper with a 17th C. watermark of a fleur de lys in crowned shield.

Teniers was of course a major 17th Century Dutch painter (not to be confused with his rather less notable father, DT senior). But most of the prints found with his name are made by others after his paintings. Les Jouers is considered to have been made by the artist himself.