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A seventeenth-century Dutch still life was intended as a decorative picture for the home, but also as a celebration of the exotic items that were available in the newly prosperous country. The oysters came fresh from the seas around Holland but lemons were a Mediterranean fruit, by this time grown in local hothouses that were expensive to run. The green glass roemer (the heavy wine goblet with buttons of glass on the stem) was also a costly item.
Still Life: A Goblet of Wine, Oysters and Lemons
Oil on oak
H 40.3 x W 32.2 cm
Presented by Lord Savile, 1888