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Willem van Aelst (1626-after 1683)
The Netherlands
Flower Still Life, ca. 1663
Oil on canvas
20 3/4 x 15 1/2 in. (52.7 x 39.4 cm)
Bequest of Mrs. L. W. Scott Alter, 1988.149

Arrangement of flowers — an iris, marigolds, roses, and tulips-in a silver vase. The vase rests on a gold-fringed cloth on a marble table. A snail is to the right of the vase.

Alternate Titles:
Flowers with Blue Iris
Tulip, Iris, a Rose, and other flowers in a Silver Vase


?-June 22, 1964:   (W. Sabin, London, sold to [1])
June 22, 1964-February 12, 1970:   (Duits, Ltd., London, sold to [2])
February 12, 1970-August 26, 1970:   (Richard Green Gallery, London, sold to)
August 26, 1970-1987:   Mrs. L. W. Scott Alter, Cincinnati, by bequest to
1987-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] A June 22, 1964, entry in the Duits Diary records the purchase of the Van Aelst still life, given stock number 1355, from W. Sabin. Getty Research Institute, Duits, Ltd. Archives, Box 17.

[2] Duits loaned the painting to The Flower in Art, an exhibition organized by the Victor Batte-Lay Trust at the Minories in Colchester, England, August 7 to September 23, 1967, no 6. A Duits, Ltd. index card identifies 12.2.70 as the date of sale to Richard Green Gallery. The sale is also recorded in the Duits Diary, February 12, 1970 (Getty Research Institute, Duits, Ltd. Archives, Box 24.) Also see correspondence, October 12, 2000, June 11, 2001, and February 26, 2002.

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