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Detail of a still life showing a laded table
Dutch Art

The Royal Collection has one of the finest holdings of seventeenth century Dutch paintings in the world


Still Life with Flowers, Insects and a Shell


RCIN 405625

In this painting a vase of flowers rests on the ledge of a niche. Oosterwyck was a student of Jan Davidsz. de Heem and specialised in richly detailed flower paintings. Here, a variety of species of rose can be identified, as well as a carnation 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.

Although the painting is dated three years after her Still-Life with flowers and Butterflies (RCIN 405626), also in the Royal Collection, it may have been painted to form a pair with that picture. Indeed both works were first recorded in the Royal Collection during Queen Anne’s reign.

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