Georgius Jacobus van Os, the most accomplished of Jan van Os's offspring, studied with his father and like him was influenced by the still lifes of Jan van Huysum. Having grown up in The Hague, from 1809 Georgius alternated between The Hague, Amsterdam and Paris, eventually settling in Paris in 1826. Unlike his father, who assembled his flower pieces from preparatory drawings, Georgius chose to paint his flowers and plants directly from nature in the appropriate season, in imitation of Van Huysum.
The present painting can be compared with a Still life of Flowers in a terracotta vase, signed and dated 1820, which was sold Christie's, Amsterdam, 26 October 1999, lot 193 (650,000 guilders). For a short period, from 1816 to 1821, the artist, as in the present painting, signed his pictures in cursive script as opposed to block capitals or as, in his later work, with interconnecting initials.