Still Life with a Beer Glass and a Porcelain Dish with Pepper, Jan Jansz. van de Velde (III), 1647
The porcelain dish is surrounded by other objects that bear witness to Dutch taste in the 17th century. It holds pepper, an expensive product that not everyone could afford. A hallmark in the form of the arms of Amsterdam is stamped on the lid of the jug, alluding to the city’s key role as a centre of trade.