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    Sale 2090

    European Furniture, Sculpture, Works Of Art, Tapestries And Carpets

    22 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 168

    A FLEMISH PASTORAL TAPESTRY

    PROBABLY BRUSSELS, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY, AFTER DAVID TENIERS THE YOUNGER

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    A FLEMISH PASTORAL TAPESTRY
    PROBABLY BRUSSELS, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY, AFTER DAVID TENIERS THE YOUNGER
    Woven in silks and wools, depicting peasants playing music in a wagon by the edge of a forest with attendant dancers and approaching a village with drinking and merrymaking peasants, with workers harvesting in the fields beyond, reduced in size, later guard borders
    110 in. (279.5 cm.) x 124 in. (315 cm.)


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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 Jerôme 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.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. RICHARD SCHILLING, ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS
    (LOT 168)