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    Sale 12975

    Noble & Private Collections Part I

    2 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 105

    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY

    BY GERAERT VAN DER STREKEN, BRUSSELS, THIRD QUARTER 17TH CENTURY, AFTER JUSTUS VAN EGMONT

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    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY
    BY GERAERT VAN DER STREKEN, BRUSSELS, THIRD QUARTER 17TH CENTURY, AFTER JUSTUS VAN EGMONT
    Depicting Cleopatra receiving a messenger, within an elaborate architectural border with fruiting floral garlands, the upper border centred with a scrollwork cartouche with Latin inscription NVNTU SENA TVS P. OMANIPET VNT A CLEOPATRA. TRIBVTVM QVOD IPSAREFVSIT, with Brussels town mark and weaver's signature 'G.V.D. STREKEN'
    12 ft. 3 in. (373 cm.) x 10 ft. 8 in. (325 cm.)


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    Coker Court, Somerset, is recorded in 1306, when it passed from the de Mandavilles to the King and then to Hugh de Courtenay, Earl of Devon. The house remained in the Courtenay family until 1591 and changed hands three times in the following 25 years, the last being to Achdeacon Helyar in 1616, with whose descendants it remained. His grandson, who fought to help James II to suppress the Monmouth rebellion, succeeded him after his death in 1645, and it was possibly under him that the suite of six Brussels tapestries of the Marc Anthony and Cleopatra series were purchased and installed. Four panels of the set were sold from the property of S.A. Walker-Heneage, Coker Court, Somerset, at Sotheby's, London, 30 April 1971, lots 14, 15, 18 and 19; three of which were re-offered at Christie's, 27 March 1980, lots 130 - 132.

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    Provenance

    Formerly at Coker Court, Somerset, possibly commissioned by William Helyar (d. 1697) with whose descendants it remained until the 1970s.