Still Life with Fruit, Tin Plate and Wine Glasses, Abraham Mignon
Abraham Mignon
Still Life with Fruit, Tin Plate and Wine Glasses
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Abraham Mignon

Still Life with Fruit, Tin Plate and Wine Glasses, ca. 1663 – 1664


Dimensions
34.7 x 44.7 x min. 0.9 cm
maximum depth
1.1 cm
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Inventory Number
121
Acquisition
Acquired in 1816 with the founder’s bequest
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

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.

About the Acquisition

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.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Still Life with Fruit, Tin Plate and Wine Glasses
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten in der Mitte unterhalb der Tischplatte: A. Mignon.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1816 with the founder’s bequest

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 41A671 still life of plants, flowers and fruit
  • 23G44 still life symbolizing autumn (the four seasons of the year)
Secondary

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Last update

22.10.2020