A RARE TAPESTRY FROM THE 'CONDAMNATION DE BANCQUET' SERIE, PROBABLY TOURNAI, EARLY 16TH CENTURY |
18,000 - 25,000 EUR
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- Haut. 403 cm, larg. 341 cm ; height 13 1/4 ft; width 11 1/4 ft
with narrative panel, within a stylised foliate and bell motif border on a blue ground, with inscription and banderole
Les tapisseries de la Condamnation de Bancquet, Nancy, 1980
The Condamnation of Bancquet is an allegorical story with a moral lesson to denounce the excesses and downside of fine food. A large number of characters are included, but the main libertines are called Bancquet, Souper et Diner puis Bonne-Compaignie, Gourmandise, Friandise, Passetemps, Je-boy-à-vous, Je-plaige-d'autant, et Acoustumance (Banquet, Supper and Dinner, then Good Company, Gourmandise, Treats, Loiter, I-drink-to-you, I-match-yours, and Habits). One recognizes Friandise (Sweets) and I-pleige-d'autant (I-match-yours) in the presented. The Condamnation of Bancquet theme was reproduced several times in Tournai. In 1501, Philip the Handsome bought from Colard Bloyart four tapestries où il y a plusieurs nouvelles histoires à personnages, à manière de Bancquet (where there are several new stories with characters, in the Bancquet manner). In 1519-1520, the city of Tournai gifted to Gaspard de Coligny, Marshal of France, eight tapestries of the Bancquet Story, woven on a model that he had seen in 1513 in Pasquier Grenier's home, a financier from Tournai. Cardinal Charles d'Amboise decorated his Château de Gaillon with a ten-parts Condamnation de Bancquet, probably purchased in 1508 from Antoine Grenier, a Tournai merchant.