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A TOURNAI FALCONRY TAPESTRY, circa 1490

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A TOURNAI FALCONRY TAPESTRY, circa 1490

Woven in wools and silks, depicting a seated noblewoman being presented with a dove by a page, flanked by attendants gathering grapes, her companion falconer standing, his hawk upon his glove and his hound at his feet, in an arabesque-patterned cape, while in the foreground a peasant, carrying a hoe and with sheep beside him, looks on, in an extensive landscape woven with sprigs of flowers and apple trees, minor restorations, the top border turned over by approx. 4in. (10cm.), the lower border turned over by between 2¼in. (9.5cm.) and 5½in. (14.5cm.)
Approx. 81½in. x 99¼in. (204cm. x 252cm.)
Provenance
The Trampitsch Collection, Paris

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A closely related tapestry, depicting a rural picnic with several elegantly dressed figures seated around a low table eating and drinking, with smaller shepherds and farmers in the fore and background, almost certainly forms part of the same series ('Les Fastes de la Tapisserie', Exhibition catalogue, Paris, 1984, pp. 16-17, cat. 3). In particular the almost identical vegetation, the very similar animals and the lady dressed in almost the same robe as the kneeling lady in this tapestry indicate that they almost certainly originated in the same workshop

Further related tapestries of the life of shepherds are illustrated in H. Göbel, Tapestries of the Lowlands, New York, 1924, illus. 241 and 242
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