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LOT 11 A BRUSSELS MYTHOLOGICAL TAPESTRY.CIRCA 1550

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细节 A BRUSSELS MYTHOLOGICAL TAPESTRYCIRCA 1550Woven in polychrome wools and silks of green, red, blue and yellow, depicting a scene from the Illiad with Venus saving her son Aeneas from the wrath of Diomedes, the foreground with Aeneas falling before Diomedes, who is standing above him, his hands raised holding a large boulder, with Venus to the right her arms outstretched and holding a cape, the background with the city of Troy to the left and Diomedes pursuing Venus to the right, the figures inscribed Diomedes, Enea and Venus respectively, the border with a laurel band enriched with exotic birds, including parrots and herons, floral garlands and bunches of fruit, with a silk lining141 x 153 1/2 in. (358 x 390 cm.) 来源 The Collection of J. Pierpoint Morgan, by whom given to his sister and brother-in-law, Mr and Mrs Walter Hayes Burns.(1838-1897), North Mymms Park, Hertfordshire, England.North Mymms Park; sold Christies house sale, 24-25 September 1979, lot 498 where purchased by the new ownerThe Principal Contents of North Mymms Park; Sworders, Stanstead Mountfitchet, 17-18 April 2018, lot 313. 出版 COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:Arthur Oswald, North Mymms Park, Country Life, 13 and 20 January 1934.Catalogo de tapices del Patrimonio Nacional, Volumen I: Siglo XVI, Madrid, 1986, pp. 297-303. 注意事项 This lot will be removed to Christie’s Park Royal. Christie’swill inform you if the lot has been sent offsite. Our removal and storage of the lot is subject to the terms and conditions of storage which can be found at Christies.com/storage and our fees for storageare set out in the table below - these will apply whether the lot remains with Christie’s or is removed elsewhere.Please call Christie’s Client Service 24 hours in advance to book a collection time at Christie’s Park Royal. All collections from Christie’s Park Royal will be by pre-booked appointment only.Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 9060Email: cscollectionsuk@christies.com.If the lot remains at Christie’s it will be available for collection on any working day 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.Lots are not available for collection at weekends. This lot has been imported from outside of the UK for sale and placed under the Temporary Admission regime. Import VAT is payable at 5% on the hammer price. VAT at 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium but will not be shown separately on our invoice.Prized by the high nobility of Europe and the New York bankers of the Gilded Age alike, this tapestry illustrates the longstanding supremacy of the Brussels workshops and the influence of the Italian renaissance in the Low Countries during the 16th century. Depicting a scene from the fifth book of the Iliad, where Venus saves her son Aeneas from the Greek hero Diomedes, this tapestry is part of a mythological series ‘The Story of Venus’. The foreground depicts Diomedes towering above the prone Aeneas ready to kill him and Aeneas’s mother Venus rushing forward to save her son. The background depicts the city of Troy and to the right, Venus being wounded in the arm by Diomedes, the conclusion to this scene in the Iliad. A typical subject for the period, this tapestry displays the Italian influence on the Brussels workshops both in its mannerist aesthetic as well as the renaissance evocation of the myths of classical antiquity. The quality of the design and details of the background in particular make it likely that this tapestry, and the others in its series, follow a design by Bernard van Orley (c. 1487-1591). The Habsburg inheritance of the Low Countries in the late 15th century sustained and augmented the desirability of Flemish, and particularly Brussels, tapestries across their vast domains and the rest of Europe. The presence of six related tapestries of the same series as this taperstry currently in the Spanish Royal Collection (acquired in the 1550s by the Governor of the Netherlands Mary of Hungary (1505-1588) and then inherited by Philip II of Spain (1527-1598)) indicate that the present tapestry was commissioned by a patron of singular importance. The Royal Spanish tapestry ‘Venus saving Aeneas from the wrath of Diomedes’ is of the same design except for minor differences to the background.J.P. MORGAN AND NORTH MYMMS The present lot was acquired by John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) and was given on his death to his sister and her husband Mr and Mrs Walter Hayes Burns. J.P. Morgan was the most influential and powerful American banker of the 19th century and dominated the U.S. economy throughout his working life. A great benefactor of art, he amassed a large collection in his homes in America and London and was instrumental in the founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After J.P. Morgan’s death, the tapestry and two others from the series The bet of Venus and Cupid and Venus disclosing to Diomedes the conduct of his wife hung in the Burns’ home at North Mymms Park in Hertfordshire.A late Elizabethan manor house dating from the end of the 16th century, North Mymms Park is one of the architectural jewels of Hertfordshire, and was home to the Coningsby, Hyde and Greville families successively for the bulk of its early history. In 1893 the house was sold to Mr and Mrs Walter Hayes Burns. The Burns' extended the house and undertook extensive renovations to the interior and exterior. Home to their large collections, the house was famed in particular for the tapestries acquired by John Pierpont Morgan.

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