Lot 283
  • 283

A Flemish classical mythological tapestry, probably Antwerp, possibly after Jan Boeckhorst, late 17th century

3,000 - 5,000 GBP
11,875 GBP
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  • wool, silk, tapestry technique
probably from The Story of Odysseus, woven with Odysseus and his companion being welcomed by the seated Circe, within an associated four-sided exuberant foliate and fruiting border; reduced in size


For a comparable set of five tapestries from the series The Story of Odysseus, see Sotheby's, Baden-Baden, 5-21 October 1995, lots 137-141 (provenance Schloss Karlsruhe), which were all within similar border types to that found on the present weaving, albeit with scallop shells in the corners. A wider weaving of the present subject, with extended landscape to the right of the composition, was sold as lot 140 in this cited sale.

See also Guy Delmarcel, Flemish Tapestry, 2000, pp 255; 259-261; 286, for further discussion of the Antwerp weavings of this subject and the similar compositional and figural weavings depicting The Story of Perseus, and discussion of the weavers including Jeremias Cockx, Cornelis de Wael, and Jacob van der Goten, and designers Pieter Ijkens. See also G. Delmarcel and I van Tichelen, La tapisserie des Pays-Bas Meridionaux sous l'Ancien Régime, Exhibition catalogue, Les Fresques mobile du Nord, Antwerp 5 March 1994- 5th June 1994, pp.61-67.