Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer’s brilliance as a botanical still-life painter is certainly well known. Following his artistic training in Antwerp, his talents quickly drew the attention of the French Court and he was invited to spend time in Versailles during the reign of King Louis XIV. In Paris, he worked on many royal commissions at Vaux-le-Vicomte and Saint Cloud as well as Versailles. His work became quite popular in England as well, where he spent the last 20 years of his life. This particular piece depicts one of his more delicate works. “Flower vase” shows a bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers set in an alcove. Two butterflies are closeby as are some shells as still life additions. The rich colors of the flowers balance nicely with the darker alcove and rustic basket. Beyond, a little landscaping of snow capped mountains even finds its way into Monnoyer’s work. This tapestry is lined and has a tunnel for easy hanging.