The Monkey Hunt, a Flemish Game Park tapestry, after Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630), early 17th century
Distinguished Property from Osterrieth House in Antwerp
The Monkey Hunt, a Flemish Game Park tapestry, after Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630), early 17th century

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The Monkey Hunt, a Flemish Game Park tapestry, after Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630), early 17th century
The Monkey Hunt, a Flemish Game Park tapestry, after Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630), early 17th century
The Monkey Hunt, a Flemish Game Park tapestry, after Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630), early 17th century
The Monkey Hunt, a Flemish Game Park tapestry, after Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630), early 17th century
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The Monkey Hunt, a Flemish Game Park tapestry, after Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630), early 17th century

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Distinguished Property from Osterrieth House in Antwerp

The Monkey Hunt, a Flemish Game Park tapestry, after Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630), early 17th century

The Monkey Hunt, a Flemish Game Park tapestry, after Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630), early 17th century

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Lot sold:

5,670

GBP

Description

Distinguished Property from Osterrieth House in Antwerp

The Monkey Hunt, a Flemish Game Park tapestry, after Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630), early 17th century


woven with Oriental huntsmen in a woodland, cleansing from small bowls as a rouse to catch the monkeys, they are surrounded by monkeys doing the same thing, other figures relax in the shade of the trees and other monkeys are playing and climbing the trees in which a bird is centrally perched, within four-sided associated floral borders

approximately 294cm high, 214cm wide

Condition report

Overall measurements: 212cm across the top, 214cm across the bottom, 294cm along the left side, 291cm along the right side.


Colours are evenly faded overall. This tapestry has a cotton lining, and old Velcro attached across the top edge for hanging purposes. The borders have been cut and joined and the design is not continuous. There is a vertical join up the centre. There are patches in places, for example lower left corner, and extensive small repairs overall, some visible as a different colour, and the far outer edge on the left hand side is later reweaving. Some of the definition of the design has been either lost or enhanced, for example by later dark lines around the edges. The horizontal banded inner edges at the top and bottom of the main design, are later rewoven insets. 


Despite the condition in appearance, it is stable. There are some lovely examples of early weaving, and it is such an unusual subject matter. 


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Catalogue note

The Illustrated Bartsch, Abaris Books, New York, Vol.36 (Antonio Tempesta), [formerly Volume 17, Part 3] , p.337, no.1093 (165) 'Hunters Capturing Monkeys' from 'Diverse Animal Hunting and Battle Scenes' (Venationes Ferarum, Auium, Piscium, Pugnae, Bestiariorum et mutuae Bestiarum delineatae ab Antonio Tempesta, Roma, 1602) .A very similar tapestry fragment from the Vigo-Sternberg collection was sold Sothebys, 29th February, 1996, lot 15 (illustrated Verdure Tapestry, Vigo-Sternberg Galleries, London, 1983, catalogue no.20).  


The subterfuges here depicted for catching monkeys comprised huntsmen washing their faces in bowls of water; they would then set out similar bowls filled with honey when the monkeys would imitate their face washing but their eyes would be gummed up with honey so that they would be easy prey for the huntsmen. Similarly the monkeys would try on the huntsmens' boots and would then be unable to run away. The inspiration for this tapestry is said to be derived from the Greek historian Herodotus (c.484-425 B.C.) Book IV -'Descriptions of Hunting in Africa'. See also Vol.37 [formerly Vol.17, Part 4] for other Hunting subjects by Tempesta. A similar series of Tapestries called Hunting Parties was designed by Johannes van der Straet called Stradanus (1523-1605). For these designs as engraved by Philippe Galle (Amsterdam 1586) see The Illustrated Bartsch, Vol.56 (Philips Galle) nos.401-444, (including no.104:22 depicting a 'Monkey hunt' but without the subterfuges seen in the present piece) Jules Guiffrey -Les Tapisseries du XIIe a la fin du XVIe siecle, Paris, n.d., Vol.VI, p.170 'Les Chasses du Stradan, avec commentaire latin, ont ete gravees par Jean Collaert et editees par Philippe Galle vers 1600. Ces planches representent surtout des chasses au tigre, a la panthere, au singe. Les dessins de ces compositions singulieres sont conserves au Louvre'.