|Title||Flowers in a Blue and White Vase|
|Collection||Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle|
|Artist||Marrel, Jacob (German painter, 1614-1681)|
This flower-piece dated 1680 was painted by Jakob Marrel one year before his death. Marrel worked in Nuremberg, where he settled in 1670 with his wife Maria Magdalena de Bry and his step-children, who included the flower painter Maria Sibylla Merian. Born in Germany, Marrel often visited Utrecht to deal in art and flower-bulbs. His works show the accuracy of the naturalist combined with an appreciation of the ornamental values of textures and surfaces.
Porcelain objects like this blue and white vase with a Chinese pattern were rare and expensive and were produced for export to Europe.
|Current Accession Number||1990.3/B.M.|
|Inscription||front ll 'J. Marrel, 1680 Nurn'|
|Subject||still life (flowers)|
|Measurements||42 x 34 cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on metal (copper)|
|Acquisition Details||Transferred from H. M. Treasury 1990.|
|Provenance||Given by the estate of Nancy Helen Turner to H. M. Treasury in lieu of tax.|
|Notes||Although born at Frankenthal on the Rhine, Jacob Marrel is more closely associated with the two great early centres of still-life painting at Utrecht and Frankfurt-am-Main. In 1627 he was recorded as a pupil of Georg Flegel at Frankfurt, but he moved to Utrecht in the early 1630s to become a pupil of Jan Davidsz. de Heem.|
|Rights Owner||The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham|
|Author||Dr Mercedes Cerón|