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A Flemish 'Large Leaf' verdure tapestry, Enghien, mid-16th century and later
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A Flemish 'Large Leaf' verdure tapestry, Enghien, mid-16th century and later
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A Flemish 'Large Leaf' verdure tapestry, Enghien, mid-16th century and later
woven with a balustrade on which birds are balancing, against a background of exuberant large leaves, and foreground with fruiting plants and a centrally placed delicately stemmed flowering plant, with side borders including iris leaves, vases and fruit, with later four-sided outer selvedge; reduced in size
approximately 318cm high, 311cm wide; 10ft. 5in., 10ft. 2in.
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Large-Leaf Tapestries, with the distinctive ground of exuberant acanthus leaves, interspersed with delicate trails and incorporating various birds, were woven around the last quarter of the sixteenth century, in several weaving centres, including Grammont (Geraardsbergen), Bruges, Enghien and Oudenaarde. They varied in size, and balustrades are a frequent motif along with the very distinctive border type with vases and fabulous fruit and gourds.

For a very similar tapestry design, of wider proportions, circa 1550-1560, with the Oudenaarde town mark, in the Art Institute of Chicago (Inv. 1926.762, approximately 268 by 457cm), see de Meuter, Ingrid, Tapisseries d’Audenarde du XVI au XVIII Siècle, 1999, p.126, fig.2

For a comparable tapestry at auction, Enghien or Grammont, circa 1550-1560, with a similar balustrade curving from the front foreground up to the sides and supporting a bird and the unusual two small figures, flanking the same central plant, see Sotheby’s, London, A Tale of Two Cities: Venice and Dresden Two Private Collections, 9 June, 2015, lot 136 (approximately 344 by 395cm). Another similar tapestry, of only the right hand side, with half the central plant visible on the left side of the composition, see Sotheby's, New York, 12th December 1993, lot 252 and similar tapestry, Drouot-Richelieu, Piasa, Paris, 2 December 2004, lot 238.

Comparable Literature

Bennett, Anna, Five Centuries of Tapestry, The Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, 1992, pp.134-135, cat.no.34, for a Large-Leaf Verdure, Flemish, possibly Grammont, 1550-1560. Cavallo, Adolph, Medieval Tapestries in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993, pp.600-607, No.52, a&b, for two Thickets with large-leaves, flowers, animals, and architectural balustrades. Delmarcel, Guy, Flemish Tapestries, London, 1999, pp.191-194, for discussion of Oudenaarde tapestries including large leaf verdures, & p.191, for the similar large leaf tapestry from The Art Institute of Chicago.  Delmcarcel, Guy, Tapisseries Anciennes d’Enghien, Mons, 1980, pp.26-49, including  verdures with birds, of finer weave, with the Enghien mark. Hartkamp-Jonxis, Ebeltje and Smith, Hillie, European Tapestries in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2004, pp.83-84, cat.23, for a Giant-Leaf Verdure with birds and snails, Southern Netherlands, circa 1550-1575. Meuter, de, Ingrid, Tapisseries d’Audenarde du XVI au XVIII Siècle, 1999, Relevé des Thèmes iconographiques, p.126, figs.2&3, for comparable tapestries.

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