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Lot 300 (The Principal Contents of North Mymms Park - Two-Day Sale - DAY TWO, 18th April 2018)


Lots 300 to 304

A Brussels mythological tapestry,
The Labours of Hercules (1): Hercules and Antaeus,
probably mid-16th century, in the manner of Bernard van Orley, the eleventh labour of Hercules, showing him lifting Antaeus and squeezing the life out of him, watched by Iolaus, the background with subsidiary scenes including Hercules, Cacus and the Stymphalian birds, within en suite borders,
11ft high x 12ft wide (335 x 366cm)

Provenance: By repute, the Pallavicino Family, by descent to Marchese Serra, Palazzo Verde, Genoa;
from whom purchased by J Pierpont Morgan;
then gifted to Walter Hayes Burns;
Christie's North Mymms Park, September 1979, lot 502.

The Eleventh Labour of Hercules was the Fetching of the Golden Apples of the Hesperides. These had been given to Hera by Ge and entrusted to the keeping of the Hesperides and the dragon Ladon in the country of the Hyperboreans. In his quest, Hercules encountered Antaeus, a Libyan giant, whose strength derived from contact with his mother Ge, goddess of the earth. When strangers came to his kingdom, he would wrestle with them, and if thrown, would gather renewed strength from contact with the ground. Realising this, Hercules lifted Antaeus off the ground and squeezed the life out of his body in a tight hug.

Sold for £60,000

Condition report
Fading, discolouration, colour loss.
Many old stitched repairs, patching, many re-stitched outlines to figures, many old tears re-stitched, loss of definition.
Please view extensive images, upon request.


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The auction details are as follows:

Auction: The Principal Contents of North Mymms Park - Two-Day Sale - DAY TWO, 18th April 2018

To be sold at the Stansted Mountfitchet Auction Rooms

12 April 2018 Private View
13 April 2018 9am - 5pm
14 April 2018 10am - 1pm
15 April 2018 10am - 1pm
16 April 2018 9am - 5pm
17 April 2018 from 9am
18 April 2018 from 9am

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