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A FLEMISH VERDURE TAPESTRY
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A FLEMISH VERDURE TAPESTRY

LATE 16TH EARLY 17TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY MARCHE

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A FLEMISH VERDURE TAPESTRY
LATE 16TH EARLY 17TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY MARCHE
Woven in wools, depicting wild and exotic animals, including an ostrich, a lion, a bull and a unicorn, within a wooded landscape with densely scrolling foliage, in the background a village, within a beige inner slip, a fruiting foliate border, and beige and blue outer slip, reduced in width, lacking border to top and bottom, areas of restoration and reweaving, the guard border later
7 ft. 10 in. x 11 ft. 7 in. (240 cm. x 355 cm.)
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D. and P. Chevalier and P.-F. Bertrand attribute tapestries of this group to the workshops of the Marche district in France (Les Tapisseries d'Aubusson et de Felletin, Paris, 1988, pp. 24 - 27) on the basis of some early descriptions in inventories. Interesting comparisons can also be drawn to the more convincingly attributed Marche game-park tapestries illustrating specific hunts with large figures.

E. Standen on the other hand attributes this type of tapestry more loosely to Flanders or Holland (European Post-Medieval Tapestries and Related Hangings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1985, vol. I, cat. 26, pp. 185 - 186).

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