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    Sale 2090

    European Furniture, Sculpture, Works Of Art, Tapestries And Carpets

    22 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 172

    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL ENTRE FENETRE TAPESTRY PANEL

    BRUSSELS, THIRD QUARTER 17TH CENTURY, AFTER JACOB JORDAENS

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    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL ENTRE FENETRE TAPESTRY PANEL
    BRUSSELS, THIRD QUARTER 17TH CENTURY, AFTER JACOB JORDAENS
    Woven in silks and wools, titled LEGITIME CERTANTI, depicting 'Charlemagne appoints his son Louis partner in the reign and his grandson Bernard king of Italy', from the series of 'The Story of Charlemagne', and depicting him crowning Ludovic with a scribe beside him, with a court lady wearing white and a flowing veil, above a flower-filled urn flanked by ribbon-tied floral sprays, within outer guard borders, the bottom signed with Brussels' town mark to lower edge, limited areas of reweaving
    147¾ in. (375.5 cm.) 50¼ in. (127.5 cm.)


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    This panel forms part of the eight-tapestry series of The Story of Charlemagne designed by Jacob Jordaens (d. 1678) in the early 1660s. A nearly complete set of seven panels of this series is at the Quirinale and illustrated in N. Forti Grazzini, Il Patrimonio Artistico del Quirinale, Gli Arazzi, Rome, 1994, vol. II, pp. 311 - 328. That set was woven by five weavers of the third quarter 17th century in Brussels, Guillaume Roelants, Hendrik de Puttere, Jan van Leefdael, Jan Corijs and Joris Leemans. The panel at the Quirinale with identical subject to the present lot, but wider and with full borders, was woven by Leemans. A further set of seven survives with the the Prince de Ligne at the château d'Antoing in Tournai as well as in the Rockoxhuis at Antwerp.