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A Flemish tapestry depicting 'The Triumph of Bacchus,' from a series of the Triumphs of the Gods, woven in the workshop of Judocus de Vos (1661/62-1734), after designs attributed to Victor Janssens (1658-1736) and Augustin Coppens (1668-1740)

circa 1705, Brussels

Estimate
50,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 86,500 USD
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A Flemish tapestry depicting 'The Triumph of Bacchus,' from a series of the Triumphs of the Gods, woven in the workshop of Judocus de Vos (1661/62-1734), after designs attributed to Victor Janssens (1658-1736) and Augustin Coppens (1668-1740)

circa 1705, Brussels

Estimate
50,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 86,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Collection of Suzanne Saperstein: 'Fleur-de-Lys,' Beverly Hills, California

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A Flemish tapestry depicting 'The Triumph of Bacchus,' from a series of the Triumphs of the Gods, woven in the workshop of Judocus de Vos (1661/62-1734), after designs attributed to Victor Janssens (1658-1736) and Augustin Coppens (1668-1740)

circa 1705, Brussels

Brussels town mark on lower left selvage, signed on the lower right selvage: IV DOCUS DE VOS
height 11 ft. 8 1/2 in.; width 15 ft. 3 in.
357 cm; 465 cm
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Literature

Koenraad Brosens, A Contextual Study of Brussels Tapestry, 1670-1770, Brussels, 2004, p. 527, fig. 23

Catalogue Note

Bacchus, the god of wine and revelry, is shown as a handsome youth seated before an arcadian landscape amidst classical ruins, holding a cup and a staff adorned with grapes.  A crown of grape leaves is lowered on to his head as inebriated merrymakers carouse and play music around him; one sleeps with one hand on his wine jug and a child eats grapes from an urn.  Scenes of grape harvest and winemaking, as well as the follies of the over-imbibed, populate the landscape behind.

At the dawn of the 18th century, the last great generation of Brussels weavers turned to designs employing more playful forms, moving away from severe Baroque historical and mythological subjects and towards a lighter Régence style. The narratives in tapestry series became more relaxed, sometimes comprising a loose compilation of associated subjects, combinations of which could be chosen according to a client's wishes. The present composition of the Triumph of Bacchus (or Autumn) is from The Triumphs of the Gods (also referred to as The Four Seasons), a popular series which also included Flora, Ceres, and Vulcan, among others; these were produced in the workshops of Albert Auwercx and Judocus de Vos,  who signed the present tapestry.  The designs for the series have recently been attributed on stylistic grounds to Victor Janssens and Augustin Coppens, who frequently collaborated.

The Collection of Suzanne Saperstein: 'Fleur-de-Lys,' Beverly Hills, California

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New York