Still Life with Drinking Vessels

The wineglass at the left is a 'roemer', and in the centre is an octagonal 'pas-glas', containing beer. The porcelain bowl is an example of Chinese export ware which can be dated to the Wanli period (1573 - 1619). The metal objects were most likely made of silver and pewter. Although the arrangement evokes an impression of simplicity and modesty, a contemporary viewer would have immediately recognised the costliness of the different objects.

The painting, a typical work from the end of the artist's career, has been cut down, probably on all four sides, perhaps by as much as five centimetres.

Key facts

Artist dates
1597/8 - 1660
Full title
Still Life with Drinking Vessels
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on oak
63.5 x 52.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery