12 December 2002
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A BRUSSELS BIBLICAL TAPESTRY
By Jan Aerts, second quarter 17th Century
Woven in wools and silks, depicting Raguel before Tobias and Sarah from The Story of Tobit and Tobias, with Raguel pouring water into Tobias' bowl and the background with servants preparing the celebration, within a grisaille border of scrolling foliage, decorated with various birds and medallions depicting to the top Jacob and Rebecca before Isaac, to the right Esau Hunting, to the left Jacob and Rachel and to the bottom Rebecca imploring Jacob to deceive his Father, the corners with strapwork cartouches decorated with masks and within a blue outer slip, with Brussels town mark and weaver's mark, the blue outer slip largely rewoven
11 ft. 4 in. (346 cm.) x 8 ft. 7 in. (262 cm.)
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G. Delmarcel, Flemish Tapestry, Tielt, 1999, p. 363.
Jaarverslag Prinsenhof, 1959, pp. 20-24.
Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft.
After arriving in Ecbatana, Raphael introduced Tobias to Raguel, Edna and their daughter Sarah. He was given Sarah's hand and after exorcising the demon and surviving the wedding night, Raguel, in celebration, told his wife to bake a great batch of bread and asked his servants to prepare two oxen and four rams for feasts.
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