• 500 Years Decorative Arts Euro auction at Christies

    Sale 2305

    500 Years Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets

    20 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 403

    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY

    BRUSSELS, CIRCA 1656-1677, AFTER DESIGNS BY JUSTUS VAN EGMONT

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    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY
    BRUSSELS, CIRCA 1656-1677, AFTER DESIGNS BY JUSTUS VAN EGMONT
    Depicting The Banquet from The Story of Marc Anthony and Cleopatra, reduced in size, areas of re-weaving, replacements to borders
    10 ft. 6½ in. (321 cm.) high, 11 ft. 3 in. (344 cm.) wide


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    This tapestry belongs to a series depicting The Story of Marc Anthony and Cleopatra which is first mentioned in a document of 7 June 1651. The weavers Geraert van der Strecken (d. 1677) and Jan van Leefdael (d. 1680) then signed a contract to supply a set of ten tapestries to the Antwerp merchant Louis Malo (d. after 1668). A set of three tapestries from the same series with differing borders and by the above weavers remains today in the Quirinale, Rome (N. Forti Grazzini, Il Patrimonio Artistico del Quirinale, Gli Arazzi, Rome, 1994, pp. 199 - 205), while a further five panels, probably from the same set are in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION (LOT 403)