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Title Flowers in a Blue and White Vase
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Marrel, Jacob (German painter, 1614-1681)
Date 1680 (dated)
Signed yes

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



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