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This painting sits firmly within a tradition of still life painting that extends from seventeenth-century Dutch depictions of fruit, vegetables, game or flowers. Like his Dutch predecessors, Nicholson was concerned with evoking his subject matter in a highly realistic fashion, and creating the illusion of three-dimensional objects in a two-dimensional picture. In this work, the viewer's attention is also drawn to the luscious surface qualities of the Lowestoft porcelain, which the artist has captured in paint.

September 2004