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    Sale 12975

    Noble & Private Collections Part I

    2 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 103

    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY

    BRUSSELS, FIRST HALF 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY
    Brussels, first half 17th century
    Woven in silver metal threads, silks and wools, depicting 'Alexander the Great meeting Diogenes of Sinope', within an elaborate border of military trophies
    12 ft. 8 in. x 9 ft. 3 in. (386 x 282 cm.)


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    It is intriguing to note that the borders of this tapestry, with elaborate military trophies, Roman standards with double-headed eagles and paired putti to the corners, are virtually identical to those found on the tapestry depicting 'The reunion of Pompey and Cornelia' offered in this same sale. Both also share to the centre of the lower border what appears to be an archbishop’s hat, that might help identify the original commissioner; however, this tapestry must have been part of a more important commission as it is richly woven with generous amounts of silver metal threads across main field and borders.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN COLLECTOR (LOTS 88-89, 103 & 382)