ROESTRAETEN, Pieter Gerritsz. van
(b. ca. 1630, Haarlem, d. 1700, London)

Still-Life with Chinese Teabowls

Oil on canvas, 35 x 48 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

It is noteworthy that every element of this still-life is mirrored by the gleaming surface of the table. Tea, with tobacco, was among the major Dutch imports, the Netherlands by then being the most far-flung of colonial trading empires.