PROPERTY FROM A GERMAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
Only a few still lifes by Mignon of this type exist. The present work has closest affinities to that in the Statens Museum, Copenhagen, possessing the same density of composition and repeating the central grouping of two roses and a tulip.1 Mignon never dated his paintings so it is very difficult to establish a chronology for his work; however, Fred Meijer, to whom we are grateful, dates this hanging garland to circa 1665–7, a time when Mignon's handling is still very close to that of his master Jan Davidsz. de Heem.
We are also grateful to Magdalena Kraemer-Noble, who has studied the work at first-hand and believes it to be an excellent example of Mignon's work, as well as one of the earliest of his paintings. Dr Kraemer-Noble will include the work in a supplement to her catalogue raisonné on Mignon.
1. Inv. no. KMS315. M. Kraemer-Noble, Abraham Mignon, Peterberg 2007, pp. 64–65, cat. no. 10, reproduced.
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