Mignon, a painter of flower still-lifes, came from Frankfurt and lived in Utrecht. His lavish flower still-lifes look very similar to those of his master Jan Davidsz de Heem, but they are a little stronger in form and colour.
The painting belongs with another flower still-life that is also in the Mauritshuis collection. They come from the collection of the Orange-Nassau family and were hung in Oranienstein Castle in Diez, Germany, in the eighteenth century.
Abraham Mignon (Frankfurt am Main 1640 - 1679 Utrecht)
Flowers in a Metal Vase
90 x 72.5 cm
lower left, under the edge of the surface: AB. Mignon: fec.
Princess Henriette Catharina; Oranienstein Palace, Diez, 1726; by inheritance to Prince William V, The Hague, until 1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822