A Chinese porcelain dish with fruits, a lobster, wine in a rummer and a tall flute glass are the main elements in this composition, as well as being the ingredients and accessories for a delicious meal. The overall message of this picture could be the "praise of wine", since the wine and the vessels required for it rise above all the other delicacies. Moreover, the painter has placed a laurel wreath around the rummer. Only the ring beside the lobster is unusual in such a magnificent still life. It is, however, the "speaking" signature of the artist.
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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