The silver ewer in the foreground of the picture relates directly to that made by the great Dutch silversmith, Adam van Vianen (Utrecht 1568-1627), now held in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (inv. no. BK-1976-75). Made in memory of the death of his brother, Paulus van Vianen (d. 1613), the ewer features fluid, auricular style decoration and a bizarre mixture of human and animal creatures. A monkey sitting at the base, supporting the body of the ewer, is just visible here. The ewer is dated '1614', providing a terminus post quem for the present work.
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