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135
France, Aubusson or Felletin
'BATTLE OF ARBELA', CLASSICAL TAPESTRY, FROM THE STORY OF ALEXANDER, AFTER CHARLES LE BRUN 
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135
France, Aubusson or Felletin
'BATTLE OF ARBELA', CLASSICAL TAPESTRY, FROM THE STORY OF ALEXANDER, AFTER CHARLES LE BRUN 
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Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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France, Aubusson or Felletin
'BATTLE OF ARBELA', CLASSICAL TAPESTRY, FROM THE STORY OF ALEXANDER, AFTER CHARLES LE BRUN 
woven with a battle scene and Alexander centred on his white horse, surrounded by fighting figures, reduced in size, lacking border, with later banded selvedges
circa 1680
wool, woven
approximately 241 by 258cm., 7ft 11in by 8ft 5in.
last quarter 17th century
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Catalogue Note

The principal series was first woven at the Gobelins manufactory, Paris, circa 1665, and consisted of five episodes especially commissioned by Louis XIV from Charles Le Brun. The Crossing of Granicus, The Battle of Arbela, The Family of Darius, Alexander and Porus and The Triumph of Alexander. The tapestries were prolifically reproduced and simplified in design when woven by other workshops including those in Aubusson and Felletin. The borders often incorporated military trophies and flowers, against a dark brown ground, see a comparable weaving, with border, Sotheby's, Park Bernet, New York, 30 May 1980, lot 568, and see another, within a scrolling ribbon and floral border, Göbel, Heinrich, Die Wandteppiche, 1928, Part II, Vol.ii, no. 263.

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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London