A Flemish literary pastoral tapestry fragment, Bruges, from 'Le Cortège Nuptial', The Story of Gombaut et Macée, third quarter 17th century
- wool tapestry weave
The series includes panels depicting La Chasse aux papillon (Chasing butterflies), Femme mangeant sa soupe (Woman eating soup), Le Jue de tiquet (The Ball game), La Danse (The Dance), Le repas Champêtre (Rural picnic), Les Fiançailles (The Engagement), La Vieillesse (Old Age) and Le Cortège Nuptial (Wedding Procession). G. Delmarcel & E. Duverger, Bruges et la Tapisserie, Bruges, 1987, No.19-26, pp.249-285, comprehensively discusses Bruges woven pieces of this series, located in the Bruges, Municipal Museums collection and the Musée d’Art, Saint-Lo, dating from the early 17th century, some bearing the Bruges town mark, woven within differing border types. The tapestries have distinctive four-sided borders and inner borders, some with the border style present on the offered fragment. The foreground of the main fields all have distinctive depictions of foliage and various animals, inclusion of narrative Old French scrolls within the composition. The tapestry of Le Cortège Nuptial, (ibid. pp.276-277: Musées Communaux, Bruges: Inv.0.13.XVII) depicts a large group of people including musicians, and the present tapestry is the lower quarter of the original composition. The wedding party extends across the centre of the original composition and only the legs of the figures and banqueting table are present in the offered piece, and a landscape background setting incorporating village buildings and three narrative panels is lacking here. The six inscription panels in the original composition allude to the wealth of the children that await the bridal couple.