Some flowers have been set out with apparent nonchalance on the corner of a marble tabletop. The eye-catcher is a large rose with fragile petals. Two butterflies are alighting on the flower.
This small painting forms a pair with a fruit still-life. Together, they are unique in the oeuvre of Jan van Huysum, who painted mainly large, lavish bouquets. Van Huysum’s still-lifes were very popular – he was one of the highest paid painters of his day.
lower left, on the edge of the marble ledge: Jan Van / Huijsum fecit
Robert de Neufville, Leiden, 1736; Hermina Jacoba, Baroness van Leyden, Warmond; purchased, 1816
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