Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase, with Shells

Balthasar van der Astc. 1640 - 1650


Den Haag, Netherlands

Van der Ast introduced a number of important innovations into flower still-lifes. This bouquet is painted much more freely than those of his predecessors, and is restricted to just a few types of flower. This makes it easier to imagine that this elegant bouquet actually existed.

The flowers exude an air of exclusivity, which is reinforced by the costly vase of Chinese porcelain and the collection of exotic shells.


  • Title: Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase, with Shells
  • Creator: Ast, Balthasar van der
  • Date Created: c. 1640 - 1650
  • Physical Dimensions: h53 cm x w43 cm
  • Provenance: Murk Hotzes Ringnalda (1785-1831), Harlingen; by inheritance to his daughter, Lolkjen Reuneker-Ringnalda (1818-1899), Harlingen; by inheritance to Murco Nicolaas Ringnalda, Leeuwarden; by inheritance to M.N. Roegholt, Baarn, 1952 (on loan to the Mauritshuis, 1966-1967, inv. no. 975); Jonkheer J.H. Loudon, The Hague, 1967; bequest of J.H. Loudon to the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, 1996; on long-term loan from the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, since 1996
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel

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