Flowers in a Glass Vase

This abundant arrangement of flowers includes tulips, roses, carnations, and lilies. As these flowers bloom at different times of the year the artist must have painted this picture over a period of time, or after drawings from nature. Complementing the flowers are strawberries, blackberries, and a few golden ears of wheat.

Walscappelle’s extraordinary command of minute detail is beautifully displayed in the many tiny insects and butterflies that hide amidst flowers and foliage, and the glistening droplets of water sprinkled here and there. The reflections of light in the glass vase especially, are done with great skill.

The painting has been slightly cut down on the right: the last letters of the signature are missing.

Key facts

Artist dates
1644 - 1727
Full title
Flowers in a Glass Vase
Date made
about 1670
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, mounted onto oak
59.8 x 47.5 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery