Still Life with a Pewter Flagon and Two Ming Bowls

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.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1605/6 - 1652
Full title
Still Life with a Pewter Flagon and Two Ming Bowls
Date made
1651
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
76.5 x 63.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1931
Inventory number
NG4562
Location in Gallery