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    Sale 7611

    Furniture, Sculpture and Carpets

    11 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 28

    A FLEMISH MYTHOLOGICAL HUNTING TAPESTRY

    FIRST HALF 17TH CENTURY

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    A FLEMISH MYTHOLOGICAL HUNTING TAPESTRY
    FIRST HALF 17TH CENTURY
    Wooven in wools and silks, depicting in the foreground Ceres with a young faun and a peasant, to the right a boar hunt, within a wooded landscape with formal gardens beyond, in the background mountains with villages, reduced in size, lacking borders, within a later moulded wooden frame
    7 ft. 10 in. (239 cm.) high; 6 ft. 5 in. (195 cm.) wide [without frame]


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    The verdure tapestry vignette of a palatial park, inspired by Ovid's account of the origins of the lizard in his Metamorphoses or Loves of the Gods, celebrates the Element of Earth and the Season of Autumn.; and is popularly known as 'Ceres seeking her daughter [Proserpine]' or 'The Mocking of Ceres' (see the engraving by H. Goudt (d. 1648) after a painting by Adam Elsheimer illustrated in C.A. Ackley, Printmaking in the Age of Rembrandt, Boston, 1981, no. 45).

    Ceres, the Earth and Summer harvest deity, is searching for her daughter Persephone, following her abduction by Pluto. A youth mocked her, while drinking, was splashed with water and metamorphosed into a lizard.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 24-28)