Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase

Jan Brueghel the Elderc. 1610 - 1615


Den Haag, Netherlands

Jan Brueghel I painted with such precision that he was called the Velvet Brueghel. He was the first Flemish artist to paint flower still-lifes, achieving great success with them.

This small bouquet of mainly roses and tulips stands in a special Chinese porcelain vase: a kendi, or Chinese water bottle. Brueghel placed it in front of a dark background, against which the roses, narcissi and flamed tulips stand out very well.


  • Title: Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase
  • Creator: Brueghel the Elder, Jan
  • Date Created: c. 1610 - 1615
  • Physical Dimensions: h42 cm x w34.5 cm
  • Provenance: Galerie Internationale, The Hague, 1930; C.T.F. Thurkow, The Hague; his widow, Mrs L. Thurkow-van Huffel; bequest of L. Thurkow-van Huffel, 1987
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel

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