• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2845

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    23 - 24 March 2010, Amsterdam

  • Lot 126

    A LILLE TENIERS TAPESTRY

    EARLY 18TH CENTURY, BY GUILLAUME WERNIERS

    Price Realised  

    A LILLE TENIERS TAPESTRY
    EARLY 18TH CENTURY, BY GUILLAUME WERNIERS
    Woven in wools and silks, depicting peasants drinking on a wooded hill top overlooking a stately house in the distance with a formal garden with fountains and pools, within a four-sided berainesque decorated border with leaf scrolls and musical trophies, woven inscription to the lower edge above the border LAVEVVEDE G.WERNIERS.L.F
    259 x 296 cm.


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    Guillaume Werniers (d. 1738), originally from Brussels, is recorded in Lille from 1700 when he married the daughter of Jan de Melter. His atelier enjoyed considerable success and counted over 21 looms in the 1730s. His tapestries rival in quality those of Brussels and the majority of his work was supplied to la première noblesse de France. After his death his wife carried on the workshop until her death in 1778, continuing often with the same designs. The workshop was specialized in Teniers scenes.
    The same border as the present tapestry surrounds a Mythological tapestry attributed to Werniers, and sold at Christie's New York 24 May 2001, lot 221, as well as a tapestry depicting Christ overturning the Tables of the Moneylenders that has nearly identical borders and that bears the signature 'G. WERNIERS.LILLE' followed by 'EN FLANDRE 1737' (sold, Sotheby's New York, 9 January 1990, lot 344.)

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