Property from a Private Collection
A FLEMISH MYTHOLOGICAL TAPESTRY, ANTWERP LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY
woven with equestrian figures in exotic robes and turbans, set in a landscape setting including a palm tree, with formal buildings with balconies and colonnades in the distance, within an elaborate four-sided border incorporating sculptural details within swags and wreaths of flowers, and a cabochon centred with an unidentifiable crowned cypher, FRC
approximately 376cm. high, 452cm. wide; 12ft. 4in., 14ft. 8in.
Overall measurements: 452cm across the top and bottom, 376cm along the left and right sides.
This tapestry is lined on the reverse with new cotton lining. It has evidence of the original brown selvedge turned under slightly on the sides. It has been recently professionally cleaned.
There are repairs to old splits at areas of colour change, commensurate with age. There are some old areas of weakness in the sky, in the light coloured central background. There are some minor old repairs, for example bottom left of main field between trunk of tree and leaves and side border, which are stable.
Colours are bold and rich. Balanced colour and composition, with very decorative subject and surrounding border. Large and striking tapestry.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Christie's, London, 13 November 2003, lot 194.