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April, A Months Tapestry, South Netherlands, circa 1520 and later
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 243,750 EUR
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136
April, A Months Tapestry, South Netherlands, circa 1520 and later
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 243,750 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Collection Schickler-Pourtalès : Art et pouvoir au XIXe siècle

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April, A Months Tapestry, South Netherlands, circa 1520 and later
within a four-sided scrolling fruiting border, incorporating oranges, on a blue ground
Haut. 313 cm, larg. 383 cm ; height 10 1/4 in; width 12 1/2 ft
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Provenance

Bought in Paris in 1902 by Lady Lorimer, born Violet Wyld, wife of Sir Robert Lorimer, the architect
Sold Sotheby's, 1st July 1966, lot 18, The Property of Christopher Lorimer, Esquire, From the Collection of the late Lady Lorimer

Exhibited

Exhibition of tapestries and needlework from the Lorimer Collection at the Saltire Society, Edinburgh, 1951

Literature

A.S. Cavallo, Medieval Tapestries in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1993, p. 37-38, fig. 38-39-40
Illustrated handbook of The W.A.Clark Collection, Washington, 1928, p. 71- fig.2250-2251
H.Göbel, Wandteppiche, I Vol II pl. 245
F. Joubert, La Tapisserie Médiévale au musée de Cluny, p.168-178, fig.166-167-169-171

Catalogue Note

This very rich tapestry with extraordinary abundance is reminiscent of other prestigious Medieval woven works with hunting themes. 

The collection of Baroness Cassel van Doorn (auction Galerie Charpentier, 30 May 1956, lots 126-127) included two tapestries illustrating falcon hunting, attributed to Tournai circa 1520, from the collection of the Marquis du Toulgouet in Vierzon, Orleans, region. 

The theme of falcon hunting is sometimes mixed with sheep herding. Indeed, the draftsman had to vary the drawings fairly freely around a central theme by juxtaposing other subjects to the original design. This is the case for the tapestries from the Corcoran Gallery, whose provenance is the William Clark collection. In 1928, they were attributed to Arras and regarded as depicting the Duke of Burgundy's hunts. Nowadays, they are published by F. Joubert and A.S. Cavallo without this precision and are simply catalogued as south Low Countries work during the early 16th century. 

Another similar tapestry depicts a deer hunt and is reproduced in H.Göbel's written work (op.cit., Vol II pl 245) as part of the Seligmann collection. 

The Cluny Museum in Paris possesses a tapestry representing a crossbow and falcon hunt (CL. 22857), a theme also employed in a wall hanging kept in Karlsruhe Palace at the Badisches Landesmuseum (Inv. 65/91). 

Collection Schickler-Pourtalès : Art et pouvoir au XIXe siècle

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