• The William F. Reilly Collecti auction at Christies

    Sale 2273

    The William F. Reilly Collection

    14 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 116

    A FRANCO-FLEMISH TAPESTRY FRAGMENT

    LATE 15TH EARLY 16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRANCO-FLEMISH TAPESTRY FRAGMENT
    LATE 15TH EARLY 16TH CENTURY
    Depicting a seated king and courtiers, composed of fragments, with inscription to top 'sidera clara una Elisiis campis ac timens' (one bright star Elysian fields and trembling) and 'Proserpina'
    7 ft. 11½ in. (240 cm.) high, 6 ft. 8 in. (173 cm.) wide


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    THE PROVENANCE

    David Sylvester (1924-2001) was a noted British art critic, curator and collector. He predominantly wrote on Modern and Contemporary art and was a particular champion of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. He was a passionate, eclectic collector with interests including Islamic, Indian, Tribal and Asian art who obsessively rotated his collection to explore new harmonies between seemingly disparate collecting fields.

    Provenance

    David Sylvester: The Private Collections; Sotheby's, London, 26 February 2002, lot 70.