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Still Life with a Silver Candlestick

Still Life with a Silver Candlestick

Pieter van Roestraeten (in circa 1696)

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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
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location Wereldmuseum
Dimensions Width 59.5 cm
Height 71.9 cm
Artists Schilder: Pieter van Roestraeten
Accession number St 131
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1966
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1966
Age artist Between 62 and 69 years old
Internal exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions A Global Table (2017)
Boijmans bij de Buren - REMIX ROTTERDAM, Boijmans X Wereldmuseum (2020)
Research Alma
Geographical origin England > Great Britian > United Kingdom > Northern Europe > Europe

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Pieter van Roestraeten

Haarlem 1630 - Londen 1700

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