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A BRUSSELS TAPESTRY woven in wools and silks from the Mark Anthony and Cleopatra series depicting Mark Anthony and Octavius, each crowned with a laurel wreath, shaking hands in the middle foreground of a battlefield, while being presented to Cleopatra and her attendants, female attendants and soldiers, the background with a sea with ships and mountains, the border decorated with oval rosettes, figures of victory, vases and swagged martial trophies on a brown ground, with later lower border, extensive restorations and sections replaced overall and to the border, late 16th Century

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A BRUSSELS TAPESTRY woven in wools and silks from the Mark Anthony and Cleopatra series depicting Mark Anthony and Octavius, each crowned with a laurel wreath, shaking hands in the middle foreground of a battlefield, while being presented to Cleopatra and her attendants, female attendants and soldiers, the background with a sea with ships and mountains, the border decorated with oval rosettes, figures of victory, vases and swagged martial trophies on a brown ground, with later lower border, extensive restorations and sections replaced overall and to the border, late 16th Century
12 ft. 3in. x 16ft. 6in. (373cm.) x (502cm.)

Lot Essay

A version of this subject, with different borders, in the Spanish Royal Collection, is illustrated in 'Catalogo de tapices del Patrimonio Nacional', vol. II, siglo XVII, Madrid 1986, p.105
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