The various elements of this still life may carry symbolic meanings: the laurel wreath round the glass on the left may imply praise of wine, the lobster and nautilus cup may contrast instability and steadfastness, the partly cut melon may indicate moderation and the parrot the praise of God. The cluttered composition of the painting is typical of De Ring’s work. The work had entered the Collection by 1871 and was later listed in the 1890 Hertford House inventory under an erroneous attribution to De Heem.
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The Wallace Collection
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