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Jan Jansz. Treck: 'Still Life with a Pewter Flagon and Two Ming Bowls'

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The muted tones and sombre composition of this still life play down the sumptuousness of the precious objects on display. The two bowls are late Ming blue and white, of a type first imported into Holland not long before this picture was painted. The blue has discoloured over the years because the artist used smalt, a chemically unstable pigment.


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