• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 199

    A FRANCO-FLEMISH ALLEGORICAL TAPESTRY

    EARLY 16TH CENTURY

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    A FRANCO-FLEMISH ALLEGORICAL TAPESTRY
    EARLY 16TH CENTURY
    Depicting the Time conquering Fame from the series of Petrarch's Triumphs, with Fame riding her chariot flying a banner TEMPUS VINCIT FAMAM above a King and Queen and attendants within a milles fleurs landscape and later borders, with restored vertical cut to the center, areas of reweaving throughout
    13 ft. (396 cm.) high, 9 ft. 8in. (295 cm.) wide


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    This tapestry depicts one of Francesco Petrarch's (d. 1374) Triumphs.

    The first treatment of the Triumphs in tapestry may be the set of three Fama tapestries that Philip the Bold commissioned from the Paris merchand Pierre de Beaumetz in 1399. From the late 15th century onwards this subject can be found in tapestries at the northern courts. A set of the Triumphs of the early 16th century, which is probably based on this first weaving of the subject, is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (J. Jobi, ed., The Art of Tapestry, Lausanne, 1965, pp. 74 - 75) and (H. Smit, et al., Tapestry in the Renaissance, Art and Magnificence, New York, 2002, cat. 13, pp. 151 - 156)

    COMPARABLE EXAMPLES
    This tapestry is particularly related to another panel of the same subject at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, (G. Wingfield Digby, The Tapestry Collection, Medieval and Renaissance, London, 1980, cat. 24, pp. 37 - 38) and at Hampton Court Palace (H.C. Marillier,The Tapestries at Hampton Court Palace, London, 1962, p. 21, plate 17).

    Provenance

    Alfred W. Hoyt.
    Property of Pine Manor College; Sotheby's, New York, 16 April 2004, lot 234.


    Literature

    G. Leland Hunter, Tapestries, their Origin, History and Renaissance, New York, 1912, pp. 396 and 398, plate no. 395.