30 September 1999
AN AUBUSSON PASTORAL TAPESTRY
Woven in wools and silks, depicting a scene from Les Amusements de la Campagne with an amorous couple with a dog beside a pond, in a wooded landscape with a huntsman in the middleground and ruins in the distance, in a flowered trellis border entwined with flower garlands and with floral corners, areas of reweaving and patching, the blue outer slip to the base lacking
9 ft. 7 in. x 7 ft. 9 in. (292 cm. x 236 cm.)
Almost certainly acquired by William Berry, 1st Viscount Camrose (d. 1954), and by descent.
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A tapestry with identical subject was sold anonymously at Sotheby's London, 28 April 1978, lot 1.
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