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    Sale 7623

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 532

    A PAIR OF FLEMISH VERDURE TAPESTRIES

    FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY ANTWERP

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF FLEMISH VERDURE TAPESTRIES
    FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY ANTWERP
    Each woven in wools and silks, depicting exotic birds including parrots pheasants and a tucan, within a wooded landscape, one with a harbour scene with moored ships beyond, the other with classical ruins, each within a foliate strapwork border and blue and yellow outer slip, each reduced in height by folding under a circa 2 in. section along the upper edge of the field, with minor losses to the silks
    12 ft. 6 in. x 9 ft. 5 in. (380 cm. x 286 cm.);
    12 ft. 4 in. x 7 ft. 6 in. (374 cm. x 228 cm.) (2)


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    Provenance

    Probably acquired by Julius Drewe as part of the contents of Wadhurst, Sussex, in 1898; and thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A DESCENDANT OF THE DREWE FAMILY
    (LOTS 532-533)

    The following tapestries (lots 532 - 533) were acquired by Julius Drewe (1856-1931), builder of Castle Drogo, Exeter, and founder of Home and Colonial Stores. Drewe had made a fortune first by importing tea and then by founding the Home and Colonial Stores. By 1889, at the age of only 33, Drewe was able to retire and fulfill his dream of moving to the country. He first accquired Culverden near Tunbridge Wells and in 1898 Wadhurst in Sussex, which he bought lock, stock and barrel from the merchant brothers Adrian and Cristobal de Murrieta. It is most likely that the tapestries, like most of the Spanish furniture still at Castle Drogo today, were part of the contents of Wadhurst.