PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF BARBARA PIASECKA JOHNSON
For discussion of this series, and a comparable weaving of this subject (381 by 263cm) , which is from a complete set in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, see Kristi Nelson, Jacob Jordaens, Design for Tapestry, Brepols, 1998, Part II- Catalogue, Nos. 16-25, Scenes of Country Life, pp.85-100, No.20, pl. 47, pg.270.
The earliest complete series of eight pieces is considered to be those at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, woven by, and with the marks of, Jacob II Geubels. Other Brussels workshops wove editions of the series, including Hendrik I Reydams (f.1629-1669), and Conrad van der Bruggen (f.1622 - ). Five panels from a set purchased in Brussels by General Octavio Piccolomini in 1629 survive in Nàchod Castle, Czech Republic, which was converted into the Baroque style by the General. See Guy Delmarcel, Flemish Tapestries, London, 1999, No.9, Scenes of Country Life, pp.290-294, for discussion of the series and illustrations of the Vienna set, and two water colour `modello' from the series, the Victoria and Albert Museum London, and the Staatliche Museen, Berlin.
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