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ABRAHAM MIGNON | STILL LIFE WITH PLUMS, PEACHES, APRICOTS, GRAPES AND A MELON, WITH A ROEMER GLASS AND A FLUTE GLASS, ALL ON A DRAPED TABLE, A GOLDFINCH ON THE WINDOW SILL AND A BRACE OF SONGBIRDS

Irrevocable BidsGuaranteed Property

Estimate:

400,000

to
- 600,000 GBP

Sold pursuant to a settlement agreement between the current owner and the heirs of Gertrud Bühler and Ludwig Traube

ABRAHAM MIGNON | STILL LIFE WITH PLUMS, PEACHES, APRICOTS, GRAPES AND A MELON, WITH A ROEMER GLASS AND A FLUTE GLASS, ALL ON A DRAPED TABLE, A GOLDFINCH ON THE WINDOW SILL AND A BRACE OF SONGBIRDS

ABRAHAM MIGNON | STILL LIFE WITH PLUMS, PEACHES, APRICOTS, GRAPES AND A MELON, WITH A ROEMER GLASS AND A FLUTE GLASS, ALL ON A DRAPED TABLE, A GOLDFINCH ON THE WINDOW SILL AND A BRACE OF SONGBIRDS

Estimate:

400,000

to
- 600,000 GBP

Lot sold:

555,000

GBP

Sold pursuant to a settlement agreement between the current owner and the heirs of Gertrud Bühler and Ludwig Traube

ABRAHAM MIGNON

Frankfurt 1640 - 1679 Utrecht

STILL LIFE WITH PLUMS, PEACHES, APRICOTS, GRAPES AND A MELON, WITH A ROEMER GLASS AND A FLUTE GLASS, ALL ON A DRAPED TABLE, A GOLDFINCH ON THE WINDOW SILL AND A BRACE OF SONGBIRDS


signed: A. Mignon. fe (centre right)

inscribed with the Dresden inventory number: 392 (lower right)

oil on canvas

90.2 by 74.9 cm.; 35½ by 29½ in.


Support

The painting is on canvas which has been relined. The lining canvas has been tacked to an expandable wooden stretcher which is in a good state of preservation.


Paint layers

The central cornucopia of fruit, vegetables and objects on the stone table has survived almost unscathed and is in excellent condition. There is however a short horizontal tear line in the background to the left of the roemer and a couple of small losses a few centimetres below, the lower one running into the top of a plum. Other small losses are located in the rug beneath the fruit and around the edges of the painting, possibly caused by abrasion with the frame. There is also a fine network of drying cracks in the background down the left side of the painting which has been carefully retouched to remove any visual disturbance they might otherwise cause. Notwithstanding the above mostly minor issues, the paint layers have survived in remarkably good condition for a work of the 17th century.

 

Varnish coating

The painting is currently covered in a thin and transparent layer of resin varnish.


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Acquired through Count Joseph Anton Gabaleon Wackerbarth-Salmour (1685–1761) for the Dresden Royal collections under the rule of the Elector August the Strong by 1722, and in the inventory of that year as no. A 392 as 'de Heem'

Thence by descent to the Gemäldegalerie Dresden, from which deaccessioned, and ownership transferred to the Haus Wettin as part of a settlement with the former Ruling House of Saxony, 1924

By whom sold via Ball & Graupe to Ludwig Traube (d. 1928)

His widow Gertrud, who married Eduard Bühler, Berlin-Grunewald

By whom sold under duress, ‘Besitz B, Berlin-Grunewald’, Berlin, ‘Union’ Leo Spik, 4 May 1935, part of lot 241

With Galerie Paffrath, Düsseldorf, by 1 December 1949 (when advertised in Die Weltkunst)

Thence by descent from the owners of Galerie Paffrath to the present consignor

J.A. Steinhäuser, Inventar, MS. Dresden 1722–28, no. A 392 (as De Heem)

M. Oesterreich, Inventarium von der Königlichen Bilder-Galerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1754, fol 92v, no. B 504 (as De Heem)

J.A. Riedel and C.F. Wenzel, Catalogue des Tableaux de la Galerie Electorale à Dresde, Dresden 1765, p. 97, no. 494 (as De Heem)

J.A. Riedel and C.F. Wenzel, Verzeichniß der Gemälde in der Churfürstl. Gallerie in Dresden, Dresden 1771, p. 89, no. 494 (as De Heem)

Verzeichniß der Gemälde, welche in der Churfürstlichen Gallerie zu Dresden befindlich sind, Dresden 1801, pp. 71–72, no. 494 (as De Heem)

J.A. Riedel, Verzeichniß der Königlich-Sächsischen Bilder-Galerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1809, vol. I, fol. 197v–198r, no. 477 (as Mignon)

Die Koenigl. Saechs. Gemaelde-Galerie in Dresden, Dresden 1812, p. 79, no. 501 (as De Heem)

Neues Sach- und Ortverzeichniss der Königlich Sächsischen Gemälde-Gallerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1817, p. 6, no. 25 (as De Heem)

Neues Sach- und Ortverzeichniss der Königlich Sächsischen Gemälde-Gallerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1819, p. 6, no. 25 (as De Heem)

Neues Sach- und Ortverzeichniss der Königlich Sächsischen Gemälde-Gallerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1822, p. 6, no. 25 (as De Heem)

Neues Sach- und Ortsverzeichniss der Königlich-Sächsischen Gemälde-Gallerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1826, p. 7, no. 30 (as De Heem)

Neues Sach- und Ortsverzeichniss der Königlich-Sächsischen Gemälde-Gallerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1833, p. 7, no. 30 (as De Heem)

F. Matthäi, Verzeichniss der Königlich Sächsischen Gemälde-Galerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1835, pp. 141–42, no. 722 (as De Heem)

F. Matthäi, Verzeichniss der Königlich Sächsischen Gemälde-Galerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1837, pp. 142–43, no. 722 (as De Heem)

J. Hübner, Verzeichniss der Königlichen Gemälde-Gallerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1856, p. 232, no. 1094 (as De Heem)

J. Hübner, Verzeichniss der Königlichen Gemälde-Gallerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1857, p. 232, no. 1094 (as De Heem)

W. Schäfer, Die Königliche Gemälde-Gallerie im Neuen Museum zu Dresden, Dresden 1860, vol. II, p. 561, no. 1094 (as De Heem)

J. Hübner,Verzeichniss der Königlichen Gemälde-Gallerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1862, p. 336, no. 1497 (as Mignon)

W. Schäfer, Führer in der königlichen Gemälde-Gallerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1864, p. 107, no. 1497 (as Mignon)

J. Hübner,Verzeichniss der Königlichen Gemälde-Gallerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1867, p. 292, no. 1497 (as Mignon)

J. Hübner,Verzeichniss der königlichen Gemälde-Gallerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1872, p. 301, no. 1497 (as Mignon)

J. Hübner,Verzeichniss der Königlichen Gemälde-Gallerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1880, p. 367, no. 1615 (as Mignon)

J. Hübner, Verzeichniss der Königlichen Gemälde-Gallerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1884, p. 341, no. 1615 (as Mignon)

K. Woermann, Katalog der Königlichen Gemäldegalerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1887, p. 641, no. 2023, with transcription of signature, and location in the Galleries: 8 b (as Mignon)

K. Woermann, Katalog der Königlichen Gemäldegalerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1892, p. 651, no. 2023 (as Mignon)

K. Woermann, Katalog der Königlichen Gemäldegalerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1896, p. 660, no. 2023 (as Mignon)

K. Woermann, Katalog der Königlichen Gemäldegalerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1899, p. 657, no. 2023 (as Mignon)

K. Woermann, Katalog der Königlichen Gemäldegalerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1902, p. 653, no. 2023 (as Mignon)

K. Woermann, Katalog der Königlichen Gemäldegalerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1905, p. 651, no. 2023 (as Mignon)

K. Woermann, Katalog der Königlichen Gemäldegalerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1908, p. 655, no. 2023 (as Mignon)

H. Posse and K. Woermann, Catalogue of the pictures in the Royal Gallery at Dresden, Dresden 1912, p. 214, no. 2023 (as Mignon)

H. Posse, Katalog der staatlichen Gemäldegalerie zu Dresden, Dresden 1920, p. 210, no. 2023 (as Mignon)

I. Bergström, 'The Ward Collection at Oxford', in Konsthistorik Tidskrift, vol. 20, 1951, p. 80, reproduced (as Mignon)

M. Kraemer-Noble, Abraham Mignon 1640–1679. Beiträge zur Stillebenmalerei im 17. Jht., doctoral diss., Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich 1972, p. 138, cat. no. B95

M. Kraemer-Noble, Abraham Mignon 1640–1679, Leigh-on-Sea 1973, p. 49, cat. no. B112

F.G. Meijer, The Ashmolean Museum Oxford. The Collection of Dutch and Flemish Still-Life Paintings bequeathed by Daisy Linda Ward, Zwolle 2003, p. 154, under no. 58, n11 (as Mignon)

M. Kraemer-Noble, Abraham Mignon 1640–1679. Catalogue raisonné, Petersberg 2007, p. 118, cat. no. 36, reproduced p. 119 (as Mignon)