• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 92

    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY

    BRUSSELS, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY, AFTER CHARLES LE BRUN, ORIGINALLY PART OF A LARGER TAPESTRY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY
    BRUSSELS, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY, AFTER CHARLES LE BRUN, ORIGINALLY PART OF A LARGER TAPESTRY
    From the series The Battles of Alexander, right border rewoven, areas of reweaving
    11 ft. 3 in. (343 cm.) high x 6 ft. 11.5 in. (212 cm.) wide


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    HISTORY OF THE SERIES
    Charles LeBrun (d. 1690) submitted the complete designs for this highly successful series depicting The Battles and The Triumphs of Alexander the Great to the Gobelins workshops between 1660 and 1673. The set consisted of five main panels, but the three battle scenes were of such proportions that the designs of each of these were divided into three separate panels, thus making a total of eleven subjects. This particular tapestry forms the middle section of The Defeat of Porus.

    The set was extensively copied in Brussels and Aubusson from engravings made before 1679 by Gerard Edelinck. Two unsigned Brussels versions are at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (E. Standen, Post-Mediaeval Tapestries and Related Hangings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1985, vol. I, pp. 233 - 235, cat. 37), while further Brussels versions of this series by the weavers Jacob and Pieter van den Hecke, Geraert Peemans, Frans van der Borght, and Jodocus and Marcus de Vos are recorded.