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    Sale 2157

    European Furniture, Works of Art, Tapestries and Carpets

    16 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 92

    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY

    BRUSSELS, LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY, AFTER CHARLES LE BRUN

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    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY
    BRUSSELS, LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY, AFTER CHARLES LE BRUN
    Depicting Alexander's Entry into Babylon from The Story of Alexander the Great in a military procession with loincloth-draped slaves carrying the spoils of war with trumpeters and onlookers, reweaving throughout, some surface recoloring, losses, lacking borders and with later guard borders
    10 ft. 1½ in. (307.5 cm.) high, 15 ft. 3½ in.(466 cm.) wide


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    This tapestry is from a series of six tapestries that depict The History of Alexander the Great and is based on designs first executed at the Gobelins manufactory. Woven after paintings by Le Brun (completed between 1660-1673), the Alexander series was one of the most sucessful tapestry sets designed by Le Brun. The series was also woven by the French manufactories of Aubusson and Felletin but also by the Lorraine and Brussels workshops. The main scene in this tapestry corresponds to the Le Brun painting of Alexander's Entry into Babylon, completed in 1668, now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM HIGGINS ARMORY MUSEUM SOLD TO BENEFIT THE COLLECTIONS ENDOWMENT
    (LOT 92)