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    Sale 2825

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    30 June - 1 July 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 207

    A FLEMISH BIBLICAL TAPESTRY DEPICTING ESAU SELLING HIS BIRTHRIGHT TO JACOB

    BRUSSELS, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FLEMISH BIBLICAL TAPESTRY DEPICTING ESAU SELLING HIS BIRTHRIGHT TO JACOB
    BRUSSELS, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY
    216 cm. high x 169 cm. wide


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    The scene on this tapestry from the series of the life of Jacob, shows Esau returning unsuccesfull and hungry from a hunt arrived at the camp of Jacob and found him coocking some lentils. Esau begged his younger twin for some beans, Jacob offered to sell him the beans in return for his birthright.
    For an identical subject see E. Standen, European Post-Medieval Tapestries and Related Hangings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1985, vol. I, cat. 17, p. 139. That tapestry is signed with the weaver's mark 'CT' now attributed to Cornelis Tons (d. 1576).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GERMAN GENTLEMAN