• 500 Years Decorative Arts Euro auction at Christies

    Sale 2305

    500 Years Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets

    20 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 219

    A FLEMISH PASTORAL TAPESTRY, AFTER DAVID TENIERS THE YOUNGER

    BRUSSELS, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FLEMISH PASTORAL TAPESTRY, AFTER DAVID TENIERS THE YOUNGER
    BRUSSELS, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY
    Depicting Pin Bowling with peasants against a rural landscape with buildings, borders possibly associated, lower border re-woven, areas of re-weaving
    11 ft. 1 in. (338 cm.) high x 16 ft. 8 in. (508 cm.) wide


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    Very few of the large number of tapestry designs that are known as Teniers can actually be traced back to works by David Teniers the Younger (d. 1690) who was court painter to Archduke Leopold Wilhelm. Records of the period indicate that it was painters such as Jacob van Helmont, Ignatius de Hondt, Theobald Michau and Jan van Orley that prepared the cartoons based on Teniers' themes.

    The first mention of these genre tapestries is in 1693 when Jacob van der Borght and Jerme le Clerc supplied a set to Prince Rupert of Bavaria. They rapidly became one of the most preferred subjects in tapestry design and were woven in nearly all of the main workshops of Brussels, Lille, Audenarde and also in Beauvais, London and Madrid until the mid-18th Century. Most workshops had their own designs commissioned from various painters; it is thus possible to ascribe certain figural compositions to specific workshops. This panel can be attributed to the brothers Peter (d. 1763) and Jan Frans (d. 1774) van der Borght on the basis of other signed versions. A very large number of Teniers tapestries were woven by them and examples by them are today in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Holyroodhouse, Petworth and Galleria Sabauda, Turin (G. Delmarcel, Flemish Tapestry, Tielt, 1999, pp. 352-363).

    Marillier illustrates this tapestry with the now re-woven bottom border lacking.

    Provenance

    Probably Cheverny or anonymous sale; American Art Association, New York, 8 December 1898.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN (LOT 219)


    Literature

    H.C. Marillier, Handbook of the Teniers Tapestries, London, 1932, p. 54 and plate 35a.