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    Sale 7623

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 534

    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY

    BRUGES, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY
    BRUGES, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY
    Woven in wools and silks, from the series 'The Story of Julius Caesar', depicting a triumphal procession with a horse-drawn chariot laden with military trophies with a Roman city in the background, within a stylised scrolling foliate border
    9 ft. 6 in. x 8 ft. 10 in. (290 cm. x 270 cm.)


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    This tapestry belongs to a series that can firmly be attributed to Bruges on the basis of the borders of tapestries from the same series and the town mark on an example in the Musées Communaux, Bruges (G. Delmarcel, E. Duverger, Bruges et la Tapisserie, exhibition catalogue, Bruges, 1987, cats. 13-17, pp. 228-243). The somewhat naïve drawing of the designs suggests that the cartoons were drawn by a local artist, possibly from as yet unidentified engravings. Following the success of the Triumph of Scipio series, first woven between 1532 and 1535 after cartoons by Giulio Romano and commissioned by François I of France, the Bruges manufactories put this series on the looms. One set was recorded in the inventory of 1673 of Louis XIV's art collection as une tenture de tapisserie de laine et soye, fabrique de Bruges, représentant l'histoire de Jules César. The exact date of execution or the design of the series is unknown.

    A set of five tapestries from this series previously in the collection of Dr. R.H. Sayre, New York, was sold at American Art Association, New York, 31 March - 2 April 1932, lots 680-684, and subsequently with French & Co., survived until recently with very rich borders with angels to the upper corners. It is believed that there are at least six different weavings of the series of approximately nine subjects, many with differing borders.

    (G. Delmarcel, E. Duverger, Bruges et la Tapisserie, exhibition catalogue, Bruges, 1987, cats. 13 - 17, pp. 228 - 243)

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