10 November 2005
AN ANTWERP HISTORICAL TAPESTRY
AFTER JUSTUS VAN EGMONT, ATTRIBUTED TO JAN FRANS CORNELISSEN OR ANNA MARIA WAUTERS, CIRCA 1660-1690
Woven in wools and silks, from the Story of Emperor Otavian Augustus, depicting Cleopatra before Augustus, within an architectural border centred to top and bottom by a cabochon in a scrollwork cartouche flanked by fruiting garlands and decorated to the bottom with dragons, the sides headed by eagles above military trophies and female figures representative of victory and peace, each on a sphere and a vase supported by winged griffons, within a brown outer slip
12 ft. 6 in. x 4 ft. 11 in. (380 cm. x 454 cm.)
By repute, María Cristina, Queen of Spain (1806-1878), thence by descent.
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