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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Still Life with Flowers, Insects and a Shell


Creator: Maria van Oosterwyck (Noorddorp 1630-Uitdam 1693) (artist)
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Signed and dated 1689
Materials and techniques: 
Oil on panel
47.5 x 36.9 cm
CW 126
Acquirer: Anne, Queen of Great Britain, 2nd daughter of James II, King of Great Britain (1665-1714)
In the Royal Collection by Queen Anne’s reign

In this painting by Oosterwyck the glass vase rests on the ledge of a niche. Various kinds of rose are identifiable, as are a carnation, a convolvulus, a ranunculus and a marigold. A bee, a butterfly and a dragonfly have settled on the flowers. A shell is on the ledge to the left of the vase. The painting is dated three years after Still Life with flowers and butterflies, but it may, none the less, have been painted to form a pair with that picture and, like it, is first recorded in the Royal Collection during Queen Anne’s reign.

Signed and dated lower left: 'MARIA VAN OOSTERWYCK 1689'

Catalogue entry adapted from Enchanting the Eye: Dutch paintings of the Golden Age, London, 2004

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