Flowers in a Vase
  • Date: 1726
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on mahogany panel
  • Image size: 80 x 60.1 cm
  • Frame size: 107 x 95 cm
  • Inv: P149
  • Location: East Galleries II
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Further Reading
  • The beautiful array flowers, which include apple blossoms, crown imperials, poppies, tulips and roses, are arranged in a characteristically exuberant fashion, spilling on to a stone ledge. Although the days of tulip speculation were over by the beginning of the eighteenth century, such a display of blooms would still have appeared lavish to contemporaries, combining flowers only available at different times of the year. In addition to the exact rendering of individual flower species, the artist demonstrates his meticulous skill at painting transparent drops of water on the leaves together with a variety of insects, including butterflies, flies and beetles.

    The painting was acquired by the 4th Marquess of Hertford in 1854.