A FRANCO-FLEMISH ARMORIAL MILLEFLEURS TAPESTRY
A FRANCO-FLEMISH ARMORIAL MILLEFLEURS TAPESTRY

FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY

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A FRANCO-FLEMISH ARMORIAL MILLEFLEURS TAPESTRY
FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY
Centered by a rampant lion shield in a field of lily and iris on a blue ground, with restored cuts and areas of reweaving, possibly reduced and with later guard borders
7 ft. 7 in. (231 cm.) high, 7 ft. 6 in. (229 cm.) wide
Provenance
Mrs. Henry Morgan Tilford, Tuxedo Park, NY; Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, 25-26 September 1942, lot 363.
With Dario Boccara, Paris.
With Morigi Collection, Magliaso.
Acquired from The Textile Gallery, London and Ghigo, Turin, 1990.

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Lot Essay

HENRY MORGAN TILFORD AND THE POOR HOUSE
Tilford, one of the most influential men running the affairs of the Standard Oil Company, was President of several company branches before retiring in 1911 to his country house in Tuxedo Park. He purchased the house from Henry W. Poor. The Poor House, as it is still known, is a massive 'Jacobethan' estate and was described in Tilford's New York Times obituary of 4 December 1919 as 'one of the finest country residences in America'.

The name of the house was quickly proven all too apt as Poor's fortune vanished in the Panic of 1907 and the contents of the house were dispersed. However, the house and its vast, overgrown gardens, in all their glory, or gloom, still tower above Tuxedo Park to this day.

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