Attributed to Andrea Scacciati (Florence 1642-1710)
Roses, tulips, lilies, convolvulus and other flowers in a silver-gilt urn bearing the Medici coat-of-arms on a table top oil on canvas 118.4 x 90.1cm (46 5/8 x 35 1/2in).
PROVENANCE: Purchased by the present owner's family in Paris in the 1920s
The number of balls, or palle, depicted on the Medici coat-of-arms varied with successive Medici rulers. That on the vase depicted in the present painting has six, suggesting a reference to Ferdinand I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1549-1609), although the painting itself would have been produced after his death.
In correspondence in 2008 Professor Mina Gregori suggested an attribution to Andrea Scacciati on the basis of photographs.