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    Sale 2157

    European Furniture, Works of Art, Tapestries and Carpets

    16 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 85

    A FLEMISH ARMORIAL TAPESTRY

    BY FRANS VAN DER HECKE, BRUSSELS, CIRCA 1630

    Price Realised  

    A FLEMISH ARMORIAL TAPESTRY
    BY FRANS VAN DER HECKE, BRUSSELS, CIRCA 1630
    Depicting Abundance and Minerva flanking a coat-of-arms within a verdant landscape surrounded by a fruit vinery border, the corners punctuated by coats-of-arms, the bottom border with Brussels town mark, the right side border with two weavers monograms, areas of reweaving
    8 ft. 8 in. (267 cm.) high, 8 ft. 6 in. (261 cm.) wide


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    This tapestry originally belonged to a set of identical tapestries, all signed by the same weavers, and include one sold anonymously, Sotheby's, New York, 13 and 15 January 1992, lot 510 as well as one recorded in the French & Co archives.

    Frans van der Hecke (d. 1675) was a member of a large tapestry weaving dynasty that started with his father, Leo, in 1575 and continued into the mid-18th century. He obtained the weaving privileges in 1629 and was dean of the craft from 1640 to 1641.

    The unidenified monogram to the top right guard border may be that of an as of yet unidentified tapestry merchant.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 12 October 1968, lot 138.
    Frederick McLean Bugher, sold Christie's, New York, 21 November 1984, lot 219.