Balthasar van der Ast

Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase, with Shells

1108 voorzijde
1108 detail signatuur
1108 achterzijde
1108 ingelijst
1108 voorzijde
1108 voorzijde

Balthasar van der Ast
Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase, with Shells

c. 1640-1650 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.

Technical details

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1108 voorzijde

Balthasar van der Ast
Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase, with Shells

c. 1640-1650 On view in Exhibition

Bequest of J.H. Loudon to the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, 1996
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Details

General information
Balthasar van der Ast (Middelburg 1593 - 1657 Delft)
Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase, with Shells
c. 1640-1650
painting
1108
Exhibition
Material and technical details
oil
panel
43 x 53 cm
Inscriptions
rechtsonder: .B. vander.Ast

Provenance

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