Peploe never tired of painting still-lifes, striving for many years to produce a ‘perfect’ still life. The small range of objects he used allowed him to experiment with colour, form and composition. He explained, "flowers, leaves, jugs, what not – colours, form, relation – I can never see the mystery coming to an end." Dominated by the bright yellow table cloth, this painting shows Peploe’s skilful use of colour to structure the composition of a painting. The flowers in his pictures changed according to the season – tulips in spring and roses in summer.