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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 lots

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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 lots

Of Spring from the series of the seasons, woven in wools and silks, depicting three maidens gathering flowers, with Castor and Pollux playing on the steps and Europa the bull beyond, the left woven with two further maidens receiving flowers from a blackamoor, within a garden landscape with fountains and follies, the border of scrolling foliate and flowers with parrots perched within, within an outer brown slip, areas of re-weaving and patching, the outer slip later
139in. x 184in. (353cm. x 468cm.)

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A closely related tapestry, called 'Europa and the Bull' is illustrated in D. Boccara, Les belles Laures de la Tapisserie, Paris, 1971, p. 152, while a further example 'depicting the crowning of Chloris' is discussed in J. Franses, Tapestries and their Mythology, New York, p. 66, pl. 36. For the extended group see: E. Standen op.cit., p. 222
In this depiction of Spring, Le Bélier is represented as the peasant digging, Le Taureau by the bull and Les Gémaux by the twins Castor and Pollux
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