ENGLISH BACCHANALIAN TAPESTRY FROM THE 'NAKED BOYS' SERIES, PROBABLY SOHO, ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN VANDERBANK, IN THE MANNER OF FRANCIS CLEYN LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY
Estimate: 12,000 - 15,000 USD
PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTOR
ENGLISH BACCHANALIAN TAPESTRY FROM THE 'NAKED BOYS' SERIES, PROBABLY SOHO, ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN VANDERBANK, IN THE MANNER OF FRANCIS CLEYN
LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY
7 ft. 2 in. by 12 ft. 9 in.; 2.19 m. by 3.88 m.
Lined with loops. Good muted colors of the full palette. Reduced. Some standard restorations throughout, particularly in cream colored silk areas. Some patches. Majority of outer edge with beaded border is replaced. Lovely quality, ready to hang.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Marillier, in English Tapestries of the 18th century, London, 1930, notes a complete set of this series known as the Naked Boys series, at Cotehele, Cornwall. One panel was woven with the name John Vanderbank (d. 1717), the pre-eminent director of the Great Wardrobe, and included the same bead-and-reel outer border.