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    Sale 12454

    The Dani & Anna Ghigo Collection: Part II: Oriental Carpets, European Furniture, Works of Art & Tapestries, Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Works of Art

    12 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 499

    A FLEMISH FEUILLES-DE-CHOUX TAPESTRY

    OUDENAARDE, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY

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    A FLEMISH FEUILLES-DE-CHOUX TAPESTRY
    OUDENAARDE, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY
    Woven in wools and silks, with a curved balustrade in the foreground and a mountainous land depicting various animals including a lion attacking a stag amongst exotic birds with a castle beyond, within a fruiting foliate border centred to the top by a coat-of-arms, reduced in size, with restored vertical cuts, lacking lower border, later outer slip
    7 ft. 5 ½ in. x 17 ft. 5 in. (228 x 544 cm.)


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    Large-Leaf Verdure or ‘Feuilles-de-Choux’ Tapestries, with this distinctive ground of exuberantly scrolling acanthus leaves, were woven in the second half of the 16th century in several weaving centres, including Grammont, Bruges, Enghien and Oudenaarde. The distinctive curved balustrade that appears to shield the viewer from the thicket of the scrolling foliage and the wild beasts within can similarly be found on an Oudenaarde tapestry in the Art Institute of Chicago, while the central stag, about to jump the balustrade, can be found in a related tapestry at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (see G. Delmarcel, Flemish Tapestries, London, 1999, pp. 191-194 and A. Cavallo, Medieval Tapestries in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993, pp. 600-607, No. 52 a & b respectively).