• Important Early European Furni auction at Christies

    Sale 7764

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture & Tapestries

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 248

    A FLEMISH PASTORAL TAPESTRY

    BRUSSELS, LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY MORTLAKE OR SOHO

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    A FLEMISH PASTORAL TAPESTRY
    BRUSSELS, LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY MORTLAKE OR SOHO
    Woven in silks and wools, depicting a scene from the series 'Playing Boys' with a group of children in a wooded landscape drinking from a fountain, picking fruit and blowing soap bubbles, a classical building and a town beyond, within a stylised leaf tip border and later brown outer guard border, reduced in height
    7 ft. 9 in. x 13 ft. 9 in. (235 cm x 420 cm.)


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    This tapestry belongs to a group of tapestries generally known as the Playing Boys. The subject is derived from Italian tapestries woven in the 1540s, based on frescoes by Giulio Romano at the Palazzo del Te in Mantua. The winged children of the frescoes were engraved in Germany in 1529 and it was probably from these engravings, which omitted the wings, that the Brussels weavers drew their inspiration. The theme was much copied and also repeatedly woven at Gobelins, Beauvais, Aubusson, Madrid, Mortlake, Soho and other weaving centres.

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