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, Duchesse de Berri, 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

Princess 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.