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    Sale 12975

    Noble & Private Collections Part I

    2 November 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 89

    A PAIR OF FLEMISH MYTHOLOGICAL TAPESTRIES

    BY JAN II RAES, BRUSSELS, FIRST QUARTER 17TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF FLEMISH MYTHOLOGICAL TAPESTRIES
    BY JAN II RAES, BRUSSELS, FIRST QUARTER 17TH CENTURY
    Ensuite with preceding lot; depicting respectively 'Mercury ordering Aeneas to leave' (Aeneid IV, 259-287) with Aeneas shown aboard a ship, and Aeneas in Trojan armour, about to mount his horse, each within an elaborate architectural border, each with Brussels town mark and signed 'RAET' and 'IAN REAT', one with further weavers cypher in right hand slip
    13 ft. 2 ½ in. x 7 ft. 10 ½ in. (403 x 237 cm.);
    13 ft. 2 in. x 8 ft. 5 in. (400 x 256 cm.);


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    These three panels form part of the story of ‘Dido and Aeneas’; a series illustrating episodes from Ovid's Heroides. Among Ovid's early works, it revolves around legendary women such as Penelope, Dido and Ariadne and their absent lovers or husbands. The three panels were woven by Jan II Raes (d. 1643), one of the eight most important weavers in Brussels in the early 17th century. He is believed to have been born in circa 1570, the son of Jan I Raes who appears as a tapestry weaver in circa 1580. Jan II received his privileges in 1613 and 1629, and was burgomaster of Brussels in 1634-35. He is recorded as supervising the weaving of several sets after cartoons by Rubens, including ‘The Life of Decius Mus’ and ‘The Triumph of the Eucharist’.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note, the measurement in inches of one tapestry is incorrect in the printed catalogue and should read 13 ft. instead of 17 ft.
    The centimetres are correct.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN COLLECTOR (LOTS 88-89,103 & 382)

    These three panels form part of the story of ‘Dido and Aeneas’; a series illustrating episodes from Ovid's Heroides. Among Ovid's early works, it revolves around legendary women such as Penelope, Dido and Ariadne and their absent lovers or husbands. The three panels were woven by Jan II Raes (d. 1643), one of the eight most important weavers in Brussels in the early 17th century. He is believed to have been born in circa 1570, the son of Jan I Raes who appears as a tapestry weaver in circa 1580. Jan II received his privileges in 1613 and 1629, and was burgomaster of Brussels in 1634-35. He is recorded as supervising the weaving of several sets after cartoons by Rubens, including ‘The Life of Decius Mus’ and ‘The Triumph of the Eucharist’.