• 500 Years Decorative Arts Euro auction at Christies

    Sale 2305

    500 Years Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets

    20 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 341

    A FLEMISH ALLEGORICAL TAPESTRY

    LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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    A FLEMISH ALLEGORICAL TAPESTRY
    LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    From the series Playing Boys with a youth in a chariot inscribed TRIVMPHE DAMOUR holding a bow and an arrow-pierced heart, led by four putti in front of a classical arch and fountain amid foliage, with a château and balustrade in the background within a trellis border decorated with baskets of flowers and fruit sprays
    9 ft. 8 in. (295 cm.) high, 14 ft. 2½ in. (433 cm.) wide


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    This tapestry belongs to a group of tapestries generally known as the Playing Boys. The subject is derived from Italian tapestries woven in the 1540s, based on frescoes by Giulio Romano at the Palazzo del Te in Mantua. The winged children of the frescoes were engraved in Germany in 1529 and it was probably from these engravings, which omitted the wings, that the Brussels weavers drew their inspiration. The theme was much copied and also repeatedly woven at Gobelins, Beauvais, Aubusson, Madrid, Mortlake, Soho and other weaving centres.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR (LOT 341)