PROPERTY FROM A GERMAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Abraham Mignon
A HANGING GARLAND OF FLOWERS AND FRUIT, INCLUDING ROSES, TULIPS AND RASPBERRIES, ALONG WITH A VARIETY OF INSECTS
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 377,000 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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PROPERTY FROM A GERMAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Abraham Mignon
A HANGING GARLAND OF FLOWERS AND FRUIT, INCLUDING ROSES, TULIPS AND RASPBERRIES, ALONG WITH A VARIETY OF INSECTS
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 377,000 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Abraham Mignon
FRANKFURT 1640 - 1679 UTRECHT
A HANGING GARLAND OF FLOWERS AND FRUIT, INCLUDING ROSES, TULIPS AND RASPBERRIES, ALONG WITH A VARIETY OF INSECTS
signed lower left: A. Mignon. Fe.
oil on oak panel
31.2 by 49 cm.; 12 1/4  by 19 3/8  in.
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Provenance

Believed to have been in the family of the current owner for the past five generations.

Catalogue Note

Hitherto unknown, this abundantly dense festoon, an arrangement of both wild and cultivated flowers mostly at the peak of their bloom, hangs from a shimmering blue ribbon at each end. The centre of the swag consists of a white and a full pink rose, surrounded by poppies, a tulip, with an anemone to the right and hibiscuses to the left. Wild fruit and plants, such as raspberries, blueberries and wheat sheaves, soften the garland. Although asymmetrically displayed, an impression of harmony is given. Insects, ever present in Mignon's paintings, include a caterpillar, moth and bee. Mignon's sophisticated use of light and colour give these flowers, fruit and insects a sculptural and iridescent quality, creating a powerful contrast with the dark monochrome of the background.

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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