A number of costly objects have been arranged in a niche, against a dark background: a silver jug, which is decorated with auricular ornaments, a gilded silver glass holder, and a costly Wan-li porcelain bowl. And yet the artist was not interested in the individual objects. They are not portrayed in any detail and are only partially visible. He used them mainly to exploit the play of reflected light.

Purchased in 1821.


  • Title: Still Life with Silver Jug
  • Creator: Willem Kalf
  • Date Created: Around 1655 - Around 1657
  • Style: Northern Netherlands School
  • Provenance: Sale Amsterdam, 29 October 1821, lot 96
  • Physical Dimensions: w652 x h738 mm
  • Original Title: Stilleven met zilveren schenkkan
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: See more on the Rijksmuseum website
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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