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
Artist dates
1597/8 - 1660
Full title
Still Life with Drinking Vessels
Date made
1649
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
63.5 x 52.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2592
Location in Gallery