The old woman, the broken pot, the butterfly and the empty candle-holder are all elements which, taken together, identify the painting as a 'vanitas', an allegory of the transience of life.
This is an early work in the style of Schalcken's teacher, Gerrit Dou. It is reminiscent of Dou's 'niche paintings' - an interior seen through an aperture.
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An Old Woman scouring a Pot Print
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If you decided to cancel your made-to-order print for any reason, it is unlikely that we could sell it to another customer at full selling price. We'll therefore charge a cancellation fee of 20% of the order price.