Vase of Flowers

Object Details


Vase of Flowers


Follower of Jan van Huysum (Dutch, 1682 - 1749)




mid-18th century


Oil on canvas


54.6 x 40.6 cm (21 1/2 x 16 in.)

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Dutch artists invented the flower piece, a type of painting that remained popular throughout the 1700s and 1800s, primarily in France. Artists used flower paintings as vehicles for brilliant color and animated composition, usually displaying an intense realism.

Jan van Huysum was one of the most exuberant practioners of the genre. Working in the 1700s, Van Huysum acquired the sophisticated taste and love of embellishment associated with the Rococo period in France. While flower pictures often carried moral messages, this picture and its probable companion, Vase of Flowers, were conceived without didactic lessons for the viewer.


Possibly Marie-Caroline de Bourbon-Sicile, duchesse de Berry, 1798 - 1870 (Schloss Frohsdorf, Austria; Paris, France; Venice, Italy), possibly by inheritance to her son, Henri de Bourbon V.


Henri de Bourbon V, duke of Bordeaux and count of Chambord, 1820 - 1883 (Schloss Frohsdorf, Austria; Paris, France; Venice, Italy), by inheritance within the Bourbon family, possibly to Jaime III de Borbòn y Borbòn.

- 1931

Jaime III de Borbón y Borbón, 1870 - 1931 (Schloss Frohsdorf, Austria), by inheritance to his niece, Beatrice Teresa de Borbòn y Borbòn, 1931.

1931 - 1938

Beatrice Teresa de Borbón y Borbón, 1871 - 1961 (Rome, Italy; Schloss Frohsdorf, Austria) [Massimo sale, Sotheby's, London, July 20, 1938, lot 30 (in same lot as companion) to J. Paul Getty.]

1938 - 1976

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1976 - 1978

Estate of J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, distributed to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.


Sotheby's, London. Catalogue of the Celebrated Pictures and Drawings Comprising the Collections of the Royal House of France, Removed from Schloss Frohsdorf, Lower Austria, and sold by order of H.R.H. Princess Beatrix de Bourbon-Massimo. July 20, 1938 p. 9, lot 30 (as two flower pieces ... a pair [with 78.PA.67].

Valentiner, Wilhelm R., and Paul Wescher. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook (Los Angeles: n.p., 1954) p. 16.

Getty, J. Paul, and Ethel Le Vane. Collector's Choice: The Chronicle of an Artistic Odyssey through Europe (London: W. H. Allen, 1955) pp. 69, 159.

Valentiner, Wilhelm R., and Paul Wescher. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook. 2nd ed. (Los Angeles: n.p., 1956) p. 31.

Fredericksen, Burton B. A Handbook of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1965) p. 15, no. G-23.

Getty, J. Paul. The Joys of Collecting (New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1965) pp. 9-10.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997) p. 63, ill.