26 November 1996
THE PROPERTY OF BARON COPPEE
A BRUSSELS HISTORICAL TAPESTRY
By Jerôme Le Clerc and Jasper van der Borght, late 17th early 18th Century, after designs by Lambert de Hondt II
Woven in wools and silks, depicting the Vivandier from the Art of War series, with two soldiers on horseback, one drinking from a jug and the other speaking to a peasant, the foreground with a seated man smoking a pipe, in the background with a tent camp and townscape, to the right with a flag and the left with a tree, within a border of a profusion of trophies of war, including armoured suits, drums, quivers, flags, spears and others, and within a brown outer slip, areas of reweaving, particularly to the top slip, the bottom border with an anvil inscribed 'VIVANDIER'
141 in. x 77 in. (358 cm. x 196 cm.)
Probably commissioned by either the Elector Max Emanuel of Bavaria or William III of England.
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see for comparison:
W. Wace, The Marlborough Tapestries at Blenheim Palace, London, 1968.
D. Heinz, Europäische Tapisseriekunst des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts, Wien, 1995, pp. 204-205 and pp. 229-230.
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