Lot 70
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'APRIL', A FLEMISH MEDALLION MONTHS TAPESTRY, BRUSSELS, EARLY 16TH CENTURY, UNIDENTIFIED DESIGNER, FROM THE CIRCLE OF BERNARD VAN ORLEY (C. 1488–1541) CIRCA 1525

Estimate
30,000 - 50,000 GBP
Sold
193,750 GBP
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Description

the central medallion encloses a vignette of activities pertinent to the month of April, overlooked by the figure of Flora (Roman goddess of flowers and Spring, holding a vase of flowers and identified by the inscription), the traditional classical deity associated with the month, who seated in the clouds observes a richly attired nobleman on horseback along with his lady riding side-saddle behind him, in the background the land is been ploughed and seeds sown, and a family looks on, with a child holding a flower and basket, in a landscape brimming with flowers, budding trees and mushrooms, all characteristic of April, the round band encircling the central medallion has winged cherubs alternating with stars, on a soft blue ground, with a bull symbolic of the zodiac Taurus at the top, the upper spandrels with allegorical figural depictions of southerly and easterly winds, Notus and Eolus (Aeolus), and the lower spandrels with a woman weaving a crown of flowers and a man sowing seeds, all within a four-sided compartmentalised border of ribbon bound garlands of fruits and flowers, with further narrow inner and outer yellow and blue twisted borders, the upper corners of the tapestry enclose a snail and the lower corners have masks, with further narrow madder selvedges
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