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A LOUIS XIV AUBUSSON TAPESTRY, woven in wools and silks, depicting the family of Darius before Alexander in a soldier's camp, the borders with armorial trophies centred at the base by a caduceus within a foliate wreath, re-weaving and patching, the outer blue slip turned over

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A LOUIS XIV AUBUSSON TAPESTRY, woven in wools and silks, depicting the family of Darius before Alexander in a soldier's camp, the borders with armorial trophies centred at the base by a caduceus within a foliate wreath, re-weaving and patching, the outer blue slip turned over
118½in. x 173in. (301in. x 435cm.)

Lot Essay

The design of this tapestry is taken from the painting in the Louvre by Charles Le Brun, painted as part of a set intended to glorify Louis XIV. The Gobelins manufactory made eight sets of tapestries after these paintings between 1664 and 1688. Flemish tapestries of this subject tend to be based on the engravings of this series made before 1679 and circulated throughout Europe in the Cabinet du Roi (see: E. Standen, European Post-Medieval Tapestries in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1985, Vol. I, pp. 231-234 for a further discussion). A set of Aubusson tapestires of this series is in the Musée de Vulliod Saint-Germain at Pézenas in Languedoc.
A closely related tapesty woven by Jean Bussièrre (recorded at Aubusson in 1681-1721) was sold by the Hôtel Locano, Palma, in these Rooms, 27 May 1993, lot 9
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