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Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten (Haarlem c. 1631-London 1700)

A Vanitas c.1666-1700

Oil on canvas | 76.2 x 63.8 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 402604

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The Dutch artist Roestraten was introduced to Charles II by Peter Lely, on the condition that he did not compete with him by painting portraits. Instead Roestraten produced ornate still lifes and he was famed for his ability to paint reflective surfaces, like this ginger jar. The silver medal in the foreground commemorates the creation of John Maitland as Duke of Lauderdale in 1672, while the gold medal depicts Charles II in Roman dress. First recorded at Kensington Palace in 1818. Cat. 72