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    Sale 7623

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 522

    A FLEMISH MYTHOLOGICAL TAPESTRY

    BRUSSELS, THIRD QUARTER 16TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY BY JAN VAN TIEGHEM

    Price Realised  

    A FLEMISH MYTHOLOGICAL TAPESTRY
    BRUSSELS, THIRD QUARTER 16TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY BY JAN VAN TIEGHEM
    Woven in wools and silks, depicting 'Hercules slaying the Hydra' from the series 'The Labours of Hercules', within an elaborate pergola border depicting various classical Gods and Goddesses including Diana, Venus and Zeus, the reserves with fruit and flower-filled vases, with a spirally-twisted outer border, the blue outer slip with weavers signature 'CT', blue guard border replaced to top and bottom
    13 ft. 7 in. x 10 ft. 5 in. (430 cm. x 316 cm.)


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    The weaver's mark 'CT' or 'TC' is identical to that of a set of The Story of Jacob at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (E. Standen, European Post-Medieval Tapestries and Related Hangings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1985, vol. I, cat. 17, pp. 137 - 150). Interestingly the borders of that set are based on the same design, only replacing some of the figural elements. A further set at the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Cologne (B. Klesse, H. Mayr, Verborgene Schätze aus sieben Jahrhunderten, Cologne, 1977, pp. 58 - 59) includes nearly identical figures and is also signed by the same weaver. This weaver's signature has recently been attributed to Cornelis Tons by Guy Delmarcel (G. Delmarcel, Flemish Tapestry, Tielt, 1999, p. 369). Cornelis came from a family of tapestry designers and is recorded as weaver in Brussels until 1576.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN