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    Sale 7433

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    8 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 125

    A FLEMISH MYTHOLOGICAL TAPESTRY

    BY JODOCUS DE VOS, BRUSSELS, EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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    A FLEMISH MYTHOLOGICAL TAPESTRY
    BY JODOCUS DE VOS, BRUSSELS, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    Woven in wools and silks, depicting 'The Glorification of Apollo' with classically-draped maidens singing and making music in the foreground, in the background gods and mythological figures seated around a table, in the background Venus in a seahorse-drawn shell, within a simulated picture-frame border, with remains of Brussels town mark and weaver's signature 'IODOCVS DE VOS'
    11 ft. 9 in. (357 cm) high; 17 ft. 5 in. (528 cm) wide


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    HISTORY OF THE SERIES
    This tapestry, forming part of The Triumphs of the Gods series woven by both Jodocus de Vos (d. 1734) and Philippe Auwercx from approximately 1700 onwards, forms part of the general interest during the early 18th century in these subjects. Several series by the same name were woven by different weavers, each commissioning different designs. This series has recently been attributed to Victor Janssens (d. 1736) and Augusting Coppens (d. 1740) who was responsible for the landscapes, worked at the same time as Lodewijk van Schoor, had also popularized a series of this title woven by Jacob van der Borcht, as well as Jan van Orley whose own design to this title was woven by Hendrik Reydams, Urbanus and Daniel Leyniers.

    WEAVER
    The workshop of de Vos was founded by his father Marcus in the mid-17th Century and flourished rapidly. At its height, in the early 18th century, the workshop was the largest tapestry atelier of Brussels and was by then under the directorship of Jodocus, who received his privileges in 1705.

    (K. Brosens, A Contextual Study of Brussels Tapestry, 1670 - 1770, Brussels, 2004, pp. 101 - 103).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN ESTATE


    Literature

    K. Brosens, A Contextual Study of Brussels Tapestry, 1670 - 1770, Brussels, 2004, fig. 20.