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    Sale 7433

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    8 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 179

    A FLEMISH TENIERS TAPESTRY

    BRUSSELS, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO PIETER AND FRANS VAN DER BORGHT, AFTER DAVID TENIERS THE YOUNGER

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    A FLEMISH TENIERS TAPESTRY
    BRUSSELS, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO PIETER AND FRANS VAN DER BORGHT, AFTER DAVID TENIERS THE YOUNGER
    Woven in wools and silks, depicting a harbour scene with people outside an inn, vine harvest and a town beyond, within a later spirally twisting border, with Brussels' town mark and weaver's signature 'E.V.D. BOR....' (hidden beneath later border), reduced in size, limited areas of reweaving
    8 ft. 10 in. (269 cm.) high; 8 ft. 9 in. (266 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 Jerome 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).

    A tapestry of identical design is illustrated in H.C. Marillier, Handbook of the Teniers Tapestries, London, 1932, pl. 28b.

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