TENIERS, David the Younger
(b. 1610, Antwerpen, d. 1690, Bruxelles)

The Hustle-Cap

Oil on oak panel, 34 x 24 cm
Private collection

The three boors are shown playing a game of hustle-cap. The game was a form of pitch-and-toss, in which coins were 'hustled' or shaken together in a cap before being tossed. The word 'hustle' comes from hutselen in middle Dutch, which quite literally meant 'to shake the money in the game of hustle-cap'. The first die has already fallen on the table, and to judge from the expression on the player in this painting, this or the likely fall of the other dice is not particularly favourable.

The painting is signed lower right: D. TENIERS F.