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Still life painting showing a skull, urn, coins and book

An extremely popular format in 16th and 17th century Europe

Willem van Aelst (Delft 1625/6-Amsterdam after 1683)

Dead Game with Trophies of the Chase Signed and dated 1657

RCIN 403984

Cumberland Bedchamber, Hampton Court Palace

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Still lives often reflect the character of the implied person who owns or has assembled the objects depicted. The owner of this painting must have been an aristocratic hunter, with a fine hunting horn and dagger.