• 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 311

    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY

    PROBABLY AUDENAARDE, EARLY 17TH CENTURY

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    A FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY
    PROBABLY AUDENAARDE, EARLY 17TH CENTURY
    Depicting Constantine at the Milvian Bridge, with fruiting animal and cartouche borders, limited areas of reweaving
    10 ft. 11 in. (333 cm.) high, 12 ft. 11 in. (394 cm.) wide


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    This tapestry depicts Constantine the Great (280 - 337 AD) defeating the Emperor Maxentius at the battle of the Milvian bridge on the Tiber in 312. On the eve of the battle Constantine saw in a dream a cross in the sky and heard a voice crying 'in hoc signo Vinces' (in this sign, conquer).

    A fragmentary tapestry of identical design was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 11 May 2000, lot 193.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOT 309-311)