This work was made in response to the Spanish painter Francisco Zurburán's still life A Cup of Water and a Rose on a Silver Plate (circa 1630, now in the National Gallery; see below). Although the central motif of the plate and cup is rendered meticulously from the earlier painting, Caulfield also includes references to more contemporary Spanish culture.
The wedge of lime inserted in the
bottle refers to the Hispanic fashion
of drinking beer with lime, while the bull's head, celebrating the Spanish tradition of bull-fighting, was seen
in a bar in Madrid. These eclectic references are echoed by Caulfield's merging of different artistic styles.