The inscription in the upper-right-hand corner indicates that Fantin completed this painting in September 1880 at the village of Buré in Normandy. The dahlias, phlox, and roses in the bouquet were picked from the garden of the artist’s country house. By this date, Fantin had established a steady clientele in Britain for his exquisite paintings of informal flower arrangements, set in modest vases and seen against a neutral ground.
Capt. J. A. D. Perrins (until 1957; his sale, Sotheby's, London, December 11, 1957, no. 130, for £3,500 to Patch); Patch (from 1957); [Alfred Daber, Paris]; Florence J. Gould (until d. 1985; her sale, Sotheby's, New York, April 24, 1985, no. 25, for $480,000 to Dillon); Susan S. Dillon, New York (from 1985)
Susan Alyson Stein in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1997–1998." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 56 (Fall 1998), p. 49, ill. (color), identifies the flowers as dahlias, phlox, and roses picked from the artist's garden at Buré in Normandy.