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.
What is in the paper on the table: is it tea leaves?
Painting St 131
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered
Hi Evelyn, yes, you have seen it correcty, on the parchment paper there are green tea leaves. The painting opposes earthly delights (at that time drinking tea was very fashionable and luxurious; tea was supposed to add to one's amorous life) to vanitas symbolism (extinguished candle). KInd regards, Els
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|Title||Still Life with a Silver Candlestick|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width 59,5 cm
Height 71,9 cm
Pieter van Roestraeten
|Accession number||St 131|
|Credits||Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 1966|
|Creation date||in circa 1696|
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|Geographical origin||England > Great Britian > United Kingdom > Northern Europe > Europe|