Balthasar van der Ast Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase, with Shells
On view in Exhibition
Van der Ast introduced a number of important innovations into flower still-lifes. This bouquet is painted much more freely than those of his predecessors, and is restricted to just a few types of flower. This makes it easier to imagine that this elegant bouquet actually existed.
The flowers exude an air of exclusivity, which is reinforced by the costly vase of Chinese porcelain and the collection of exotic shells.
Balthasar van der Ast (Middelburg 1593 - 1657 Delft)
Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase, with Shells
On view in
Material and technical details
43 x 53 cm
rechtsonder: .B. vander.Ast
Murk Hotzes Ringnalda (1785-1831), Harlingen; by inheritance to his daughter, Lolkjen Reuneker-Ringnalda (1818-1899), Harlingen; by inheritance to Murco Nicolaas Ringnalda, Leeuwarden; by inheritance to M.N. Roegholt, Baarn, 1952 (on loan to the Mauritshuis, 1966-1967, inv. no. 975); Jonkheer J.H. Loudon, The Hague, 1967; bequest of J.H. Loudon to the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, 1996; on long-term loan from the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, since 1996