Flowers in a Glass Vase

Creation date
oil on panel
12-1/2 x 9-1/4 in.
Credit line
Courtesy of The Clowes Fund
Accession number
Currently On View

Ambrosius Bosschaert was one of the most talented members of a family of Dutch painters who specialized in still lifes of fruit and flowers.  His floral compositions, combining blooms from different seasons, are composed primarily of cultivated species-tulips, roses, lilies-and are painted with near scientific precision.

The Dutch passion for exotic plants culminated in what is known as the "Tulip Mania." Tulips became the object of intense speculation and prices for rare varieties spiraled upwards until the market for them crashed in 1637.

John Kenneth Danby, Wilmington, Delaware [1889-1956];{1} sale at (Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York) in1956;{2} probably purchased by Victor D. Spark, New York. Acquired in 1958 by Mrs. G.H.A. Clowes [1885-1967], Indianapolis; The Clowes Fund Collection, 1958-present (C10008).

{1} The Delaware Historical Society provided a brief biography of Danby on their website. He established Danby Galleries in Wilmington in about 1935.
{2} Following Danby's death, his estate was put up for auction. See Parke-Bernet,New York, Important American Furniture and Decorations; American and British Portraits and other paintings, part one, 13 October 1956, no. 345.
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