• Important Early European Furni auction at Christies

    Sale 7764

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture & Tapestries

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 265

    A PAINTED CANVAS WALL-HANGING

    BY ANDIEN DE CLERMONT (FL.1716/7-1783), CIRCA 1750

    Price Realised  

    A PAINTED CANVAS WALL-HANGING
    BY ANDIEN DE CLERMONT (FL.1716/7-1783), CIRCA 1750
    Painted with a variety of birds including a peacock, ducks and penguins in a formal garden setting centred by a fountain modelled with two putti and flanked by two fruiting trees in ornamental vases beneath rose-decoratd foliate garlands, on a chocolate brown fond, within a simulated picture frame border
    10 ft. 10 in. x 15 ft. 10 in. (330 cm. x 483 cm.)


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    Provenance

    Commissioned by Sir Hugh Smithson, 1st Duke of Northumberland and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of the 7th Duke of Somerset, for Syon House, Middlesex; and by descent with the Dukes of Northumberland until sold,
    Syon Park, Sotheby's house sale, 14-16 May 1997, lot 18.


    Pre-Lot Text

    The following three lots of festive summer hangings, conceived as French tapestries wreathed in golden trompe l'oeil shell-and-flower frames, were part of a commission in 1750 from the French artist Andien de Clermont (d. 1783), by Sir Hugh Percy (born Smithson), 2nd Earl of Northumberland (later 1st Duke of Northumberland) (d.1786) and his Countess Elizabeth Percy for a parlour or pavilion at their Thames-side villa Syon House, Middlesex.

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN