• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2845

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    23 - 24 March 2010, Amsterdam

  • Lot 68

    A LARGE DAMASK LINEN TABLECLOTH DEPICTING THE SIEGE OF NAMUR

    COURTRAI, CIRCA 1695

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE DAMASK LINEN TABLECLOTH DEPICTING THE SIEGE OF NAMUR
    COURTRAI, CIRCA 1695
    Woven with a continous and mirrored pattern depicting the city of Namur recieving canon fire, with the coats-of-arms of William III of Orange and Maximilian Emanuel of Bavaria, within a border of armorial trophies and outer checquerband stripe
    290 x 210 cm.


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    One of the last battles of the War of the Grand Alliance took place at Namur. Captured by the French in 1692, the fortifications were improved by Vauban. The Anglo-Dutch force was led by William of Orange and Maximilian Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria laid siege to the city on 2 July and finally forced the French surrender on the 1st of September.
    This tablecloth follows the design of a tablecloth and napkin in the collection of the Museum voor Sierkunst en Oudheidkunde in Kortrijk, illustrated in A.G. Pauwels, Damast, Kortrijk, 1986, cat. no 105a and b. pp. 291-293.

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