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This is another painting by Abraham Mignon in the Musée du Louvre, Paris. “This is one of two paintings by the artist given to Louis XIV by the marquis de Beringhem, evidence of Mignon’s fame at the end of the 17th century. The painting’s decorative effects (dark background, flowers spread out, stems with linear effects) are strongly influenced by Jan Davidsz. de Heem (see the latter’s paintings in the Louvre), but the rendering of texture is incomparable. The most extraordinary example of this is the crystal vase, with its fascinating reflection of a window” [1]. This work dates from the 1660s [2].


On this painting another fine example of (the pink variety of) Cepaea nemoralis (L., 1758) can be seen.

[1] MLP, inv. 1556. http://to.ly/xGEo.
[2] http://explore.rkd.nl/explore/images/200279.