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    Sale 7623

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 538

    AN ENGLISH MYTHOLOGICAL OR 'PLAYING BOY' TAPESTRY EMBLEMATIC OF AUTUMN

    SOHO, LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY BY JOHN VANDERBANK, IN THE MANNER OF FRANCIS CLEYN, POSSIBLY MORTLAKE

    Price Realised  

    AN ENGLISH MYTHOLOGICAL OR 'PLAYING BOY' TAPESTRY EMBLEMATIC OF AUTUMN
    SOHO, LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY BY JOHN VANDERBANK, IN THE MANNER OF FRANCIS CLEYN, POSSIBLY MORTLAKE
    Woven in wools and silks, depicting a Bacchic scene from the series Playing Boys, with children climbing a tree while others are dancing and lying on the ground, flanked by a gilt-metal ewer spilling wine, in an extensive background with foliage and flowers and a formal garden to the eight-hand side, within a beige bead-and-reel border and a brown outer slip, areas of reweaving and patching, especially to the right-hand side background, the tapestry hung on a gilt-metal pole with ormolu scrolled foliate ends
    6 ft. 8 in. x 6 ft. 3 in. (203 cm. x 190 cm.)


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    The scene, inspired by 16th century engraving of Giulio Romano's embellishment of the Palazzo del Té, was adopted by tapestry weavers at Brussels, as well as by Francis Cleyn of the Mortlake Works in the 17th century.
    A complete set of this series, including a panel of this subject, is recorded at Cotehele, Cornwall. One panel had the name of John Vanderbank (d. 1717), the most important director of the Great Wardrobe, resewn from a cut-off selvedge and it also appears to have the bead-and-reel border (H.C. Marillier, English Tapestries of the Eighteenth Century, London, 1930, p. 25).

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    Provenance

    With the Williams-Wynn family.
    Christie's, London, 23 November 1989, lot 181 (as part of a set of four).


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN