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A tapestry depicting 'Neptune and Amphitrite', from the 'Triomphe des dieux' tenture, Brussels, 1729-1745, Urban and Daniel III Leyniers workshop, after Jan Van Orley and Aurel Augustin Coppens
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A tapestry depicting 'Neptune and Amphitrite', from the 'Triomphe des dieux' tenture, Brussels, 1729-1745, Urban and Daniel III Leyniers workshop, after Jan Van Orley and Aurel Augustin Coppens
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A tapestry depicting 'Neptune and Amphitrite', from the 'Triomphe des dieux' tenture, Brussels, 1729-1745, Urban and Daniel III Leyniers workshop, after Jan Van Orley and Aurel Augustin Coppens
made of wool and silk, probably depicting Neptune welcoming Amphitrite, surrounded by nymphs and blowing winds, within a frame with ribbon-twist and entrelac, the lower part with weaver's mark 'V.L.D.L'
386 cm. x 232 cm. ; 152 in x 91 1/3 in.
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Provenance

Sale Chritie's London, 9 December 1993, lot 379

Literature

Related references:
- E. J. Kalf, Drie Leyniers- Tapijten te Middelburg'Artes Textiles V, Ghent, 1959, pp. 103-117, fig. 28
- G. Delmarcel, Flemish Tapestries, London, 1999, p. 333
- K. Brosens, A contextual Study of Brussels tapestry, 1670-1770, Brussels, 2004, pp. 157 and 446

Catalogue Note

This tapestry belongs to the "Triumph of the Gods" series in which the cartoons were drawn by Jan Van Orley for the figures and Aurel Augustin Coppens for the landscapes, around 1716. Here we can see Neptune welcome Amphitrite, the latter having been convinced by a dolphin, messenger for the god of the seas, to marry him despite her initial reluctance. In gratitude, Neptune will honor the dolphin in the sky by making a constellation. The complete wall hanging gathers thirteen main subjects, with numerous variations depending on the series, produced for more than forty years by Urban Leyniers and his son Daniel III Leyniers. Last active members of this important dynasty of dyers and weavers that passed away in 1768, the joining of their initials allows us to attribute them to our tapestry and to date it between 1729 and 1745.

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