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    Sale 12041

    Noble & Private Collections Part II

    27 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 454

    A FLEMISH MYTHOLOGICAL 'PERGOLA' TAPESTRY

    SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY, PROBABLY BRUSSELS

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    A FLEMISH MYTHOLOGICAL 'PERGOLA' TAPESTRY
    SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY, PROBABLY BRUSSELS
    Woven in wools and silks, depicting a scene from 'The Story of Vertumnus and Pomona', with figures in a landscape below a fruiting pergola, with grotesque and scrolling foliate border and blue outer slip, some losses and areas of reweaving throughout
    10 ft. 9 in. (328 cm.) high; 12 ft. 9 in. (388 cm.) wide


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    The series originally consisted of nine panels and was possibly designed by Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen (1500-1559) for Charles V, who commissioned two sets of this series, one of which remains in Vienna (see L. Baldass, Die Wiener Gobelinssammlung, Vienna, 1920, cat. 146-154) whilst the other is in the Spanish Royal Collection (P. Junquera de Vega and C. Herrero Carretero, Catalogo de Tapices del Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, 1986, vol. I, pp. 123-133, cat. 18). Of the various sets that were woven throughout the 16th and 17th Centuries in Brussels, two versions were executed for Philippe II by Willem de Pannemaker (P. Junquera de Vega op. cit., vol. I, pp. 105-122, cats. 16 and 17).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Sicilian Villa (150 & 454)