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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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  • Evelyn asked

    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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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 This object is in storage
Dimensions Width Error: 59,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Height Error: 71,9 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Painter: Pieter van Roestraeten
Accession number St 131
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 1966
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1966
Creation date in circa 1696
Internal exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions A Global Table (2017)
Boijmans bij de Buren - REMIX ROTTERDAM, Boijmans X Wereldmuseum (2020)
Research Show 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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