Abraham Mignon was a painter who demonstrated a wide variety of influences in his works. His depictions of fruit refer to the art of the Utrecht painter Jan Davidsz. de Heem, whom he served as an assistant for a time. Mignon's arrangement of wine and autumn fruits would make rather a monotonous meal. There may have existed companion pieces dedicated to other seasons. Typical of Mignon are the elegant curves of the peach branch, the ears of wheat and the blackberry tendril which frame the painting on the right-hand side like a Baroque cartouche form.
During the eighteenth century there were a large number of collections in Frankfurt displaying a wide variety of exhibits - from rare items to natural history objects to art. Today almost all these collections have been dispersed again: they were bequeathed, divided up or auctioned. The art collection of the banker and spice merchant Johann Friedrich Städel (1728-1816), by contrast, today forms the basis of the museum he founded and which is named after him. His collection consisted largely of Dutch, Flemish and German paintings from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Since 2001, the Städel Museum has systematically been researching the provenance of all objects that were acquired during the National Socialist period, or that changed owners or could have changed owners during those years. The basis for this research is the “Washington Declaration”, also known as the “Washington Conference Principles”, formulated at the 1998 “Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets” and the subsequent “Joint Declaration”.
The provenance information is based on the sources researched at the time they were published digitally. However, this information can change at any time when new sources are discovered. Provenance research is therefore a continuous process and one that is updated at regular intervals.
Ideally, the provenance information documents an object’s origins from the time it was created until the date when it found its way into the collection. It contains the following details, provided they are known:
The successive ownership records are separated from each other by a semicolon.
Gaps in the record of a provenance are indicated by the placeholder “…”. Unsupported information is listed in square brackets.
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