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A BRUSSELS TAPESTRY attributed to Jan Frans van den Hecke and Pieter van den Hecke after the cartoons by Lodewijk van Schoor, late 17th early 18th Century, en suite with the preceding lot

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A BRUSSELS TAPESTRY attributed to Jan Frans van den Hecke and Pieter van den Hecke after the cartoons by Lodewijk van Schoor, late 17th early 18th Century, en suite with the preceding lot

Of Winter from the series of the seasons, woven in wools and silks, woven with a river god seated in the foreground, pouring water and fish from an urn, flanked by a goat and a lady holding a chalice, behind him the figure of Janus a lady seated by a stove and flanked by two maidens, one holding fish, the background woven with festive people, within an architectural setting with a winter landscape beyond with people skating, the border of scrolling foliage and flowers enlivened with parrots, in a brown outer slip, areas of re-weaving, the outer slip later
138in. x 173in. (351cm. x 440cm.)

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Depicting Winter, this tapestry displays a goat and peasants digging in the field, emblematic of Le Capricorne or December, Janus and couples dancing for l'Aquarius or January and les Poisons or Pisces (February) as a River God and fish-bearing nymph.
A related tapestry of Winter is recorded in the Museum of Decorative Arts, Zagreb, as well as further examples from the collection of Lord Cunliffe of Headley, the Cinquantenaire Museum, Brussels and another, sold anonymousely at Sotheby's London, 15 June 1928, lot 159
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