The most important object on the painting is the silver candlestick, probably made by the London silver smith Anthony Nelme and dating from 1693-1694. The recently extinguished candle is a frequently used vanitas symbol: just as a candle irrevocably burns out, so each human life will come to an end.
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|Title||Still Life with a Silver Candlestick|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Width 59.5 cm
Height 71.9 cm
Pieter van Roestraeten
|Accession number||St 131|
|Credits||Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1966|
|Age artist||Between 62 and 69 years old|
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|Geographical origin||England > Great Britian > United Kingdom > Northern Europe > Europe|