Lot 123
  • 123

ROMULUS AND REMUS, A NARRATIVE CLASSICAL TAPESTRY, MADRID, WOVEN BY ARTESANÍA ESPAÑOLA DATED MCMXLI (1941), COPY AFTER A 16TH CENTURY (1525-1530) BRUSSELS CARTOON, FROM THE CIRCLE OF BERNARD VAN ORLEY (CA. 1492-1542), BORDER DESIGN AFTER JOSS VAN LIERE |

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 GBP
Sold
22,500 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

woven with wool, silk and metal-thread highlights, depicting King Amulius giving the order to two slaves to put the twin babies in a basket and leave them at the Tiber’s edge, where it is carried down to Cermalus on the Velabro swamp between the Palatine Hill and the Capitoline Hill, and with the waters retreating, the basket stops under a fig tree (ficus ruminalis), where a she-wolf (Lupa) finds them and suckles them, and where in turn they are later found by Faustulus (King Amulis’s shepherd and swineherd) and his wife Acca Larentia, who decided to raise them as their sons, and they grow up to be successful shepherds in their own right, and these individual episodes from the story are set within the river landscape and country, all within an exuberant fruiting and floral four-sided border, the top centred with an entablature with pale blue ground and Latin inscription, ROMVL’ ET REM’ PROIICIŪTUR Ī TYBERI LUPA NUTRIT TRADŪTUR LAURĒTIAE, FIŪT PASTORES VENATU PRAEDAQ INSIGNES (Romulus and Remus are abandoned on the Tiber, a she-wolf feeds them, Acca Larentia is entrusted with their care, they become shepherds renowned for the hunt and the prey), flanked by kneeling winged putti, with the allegorical figure of a winged Diana carrying a bow in the upper-left corner, Ceres with a cornucopia in the upper right corner, two further female figures in the lower left hand corner, and a seated female, and a man playing a flute in the lower right corner, with yellow and madder outer selvedges; woven in metal thread with manufacturer, Artesania Espanol - Madrid, date, MCMXLI (1941) and weaver's cyphers
Close