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Jacob Marrel (1613/1614–1681) was a German painter, who worked in Frankfurt am Main 1627–1632 and 1650–1681, and in Utrecht 1632–1650 [1]. He painted in 1640 this oil paint on panel entitled “Vase of flowers”, now in the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, U.K. [2].


In the lower left-hand corner, a snail is crawling towards the vase, its body uplifted in front. The shell is dextral and is widening towards the large aperture, which seems slightly expanded. The colour pattern seems to have some small, spiral reddish bands. It may be a badly painted Cepaea-like specimen. The image available lacks, however, enough detail for an undisputed identification.


[1] https://rkd.nl/explore/artists/52795.
[2] FWC, inv. PD.36-1966. http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/3025.