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Title Still-life with King John's Cup
Collection Lynn Museum, King´s Lynn
Artist Attributed to Roestraten, Pieter Gerritsz. van (Dutch painter, 1629 or 1630-1700, active in England)
Date Earliest about 1675
Date Latest about 1685
Description This remarkable painting, attributed to the Dutch artist Pieter Gerritt van Roestraeten, combines the local, civic symbolism of the King John's Cup with the religiously charged motifs of grapes, apples and pomegranates (alluding to the Fall and to redemption through Christ's sacrifice), and a watch, drawing on the conventions of vanitas still-life painting. The centrepiece of the work, which also gives the painting its title, is the King John's Cup, so-named because it was traditionally thought to have been given to the town of King's Lynn by King John, although it was probably made around 1340. It is grace cup, or ‘loving cup', used on formal occasions at the end of a meal, usually to toast the king's health. The cup's silver gilt and enamel decoration unusually rich for a piece of secular or civic plate, prompting one historian to describe it as §the oldest and most important and most beautiful specimen of municipal plate in England, a grand, massive silver-gilt cup of exquisite workmanship.§ (P.H. Ditchfield, Vanishing England, London, 1910, p. 39).
Current Accession Number KILLM:1994.1252
Subject still life
Measurements 61.0 x 74 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased through Sotheby's 1994.
Rights Owner King's Lynn Museums
Author Richard Johns



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