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    Sale 2172

    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Tapestries and Oriental Carpets

    9 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 154

    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY

    BRUSSELS, LATE 16TH EARLY 17TH CENTURY, AFTER NICOLAAS VAN ORLEY, PROBABLY BY JACQUES TSERAERTS

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    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY
    BRUSSELS, LATE 16TH EARLY 17TH CENTURY, AFTER NICOLAAS VAN ORLEY, PROBABLY BY JACQUES TSERAERTS
    Representing The Family of Darius before Alexander from the series of The Story of Alexander the Great, with Alexander encountering the captured family of Darius, stencilled fabric labels to the reverse '29246' and '360 525', small areas of restoration throughout, later blue guard border
    11 ft. 6 in. (350.5 cm.) x 16 ft. 9 in. (510 cm.)


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    NICOLAAS VAN ORLEY
    The design of this tapestry and of the earlier version woven by Cornelis de Ronde before 1569 and now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, can be attributed to Nicolaas van Orley on the basis of comparisons to the stylistically closely related Romans and Sabines series that bears Nicolaas' monogram. Nicolaas was a nephew of the famous Brussels tapestry designer Bernard van Orley (d. 1541).

    JACQUES TSERAERTS
    As mentioned above, this tapestry is based on the same design as that by de Ronde but depicts updated vestments and a slightly changed overall design. A companion tapestry to the offered tapestry depicting Alexander Kneeling before Jaddus includes the weaver's monogram that has recently been identified with that of Tseraerts (d. before 1613) by Guy Delmarcel. Tseraerts, although not well recorded or recognized, was a major tapestry producer in Brussels in the late 16th early 17th Century. The attribution to him can be further strengthened as he or another member of his family with identical name was the son-in-law of de Ronde who wove the earlier versions of this series.

    For a full study of the series, please see K. Brosens, European Tapestries in the Art Institute of Chicago, New Haven, 2008, cat. 16, pp. 122 - 127.

    CHARLES FFOULKE
    Charles Mather Ffoulke (d. 1909) was a wool-merchant and a major tapestry collector in Philadelphia and later Washington. His most important purchase happend when he traveled to Europe in 1889 and met Princess Barberini. He agreed to purchase the entire tapestry collection consisting of no less than 135 tapestries from her. He continued buying tapestries in Europe and selling some to his friends in America until his death in 1909. The Ffoulke Collection of Tapestries written in large parts by him and published posthumously in New York in 1913 illustrates a large part of his collection.

    Provenance

    Probably Charles Mather Ffoulke.
    Probably with French & Co, sold to
    Emil Winter on 10 May 1921, sold to
    French & Co on 12 July 1949, sold to
    Baroness de Kuchner on 3 June 1951.
    The Eclectic Eye: Five Centuries of Art from the Galerie Yves Mikaeloff; sold Christie's, New York, 21 May 1997, lot 332.


    Literature

    K. Brosens, European Tapestries in the Art Institute of Chicago, New Haven, 2008, pp. 124 - 125.