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Lot 303 (The Principal Contents of North Mymms Park - Two-Day Sale - DAY TWO, 18th April 2018)

A Brussels mythological tapestry

A Brussels mythological tapestry,
The Labours of Hercules (4): Hercules wrestling with the Nemean Lion,
probably mid-16th century, in the manner of Bernard van Orley, the first labour of Hercules, the background with subsidiary scenes including Hercules receiving the commands of Eurystheus and Hercules using the fork of a tree to skin the lion, with an en suite border and the Brussels town mark,
12ft x 12ft 8in (366 x 387cm)

Provenance: By repute the Pallavicino Family, by descent to Marchese Serra, Palazzo Verde, Genoa;
from whom purchased by J Pierpont Morgan and gifted to Walter Hayes Burns;
Christie's North Mymms Park, September 1979, lot 499.

After Hercules, in a fit of madness, had slain his wife and children, the Delphic Oracle commanded him, in punishment for his crime, to go to King Eurystheus and perform whatever tasks might be demanded of him. The first of the twelve Labours of Hercules was to bring him the skin of the Nemean Lion which Hercules strangled with his bare hands. Future episodes in the series show Hercules wearing the lion skin.

Sold for £74,000


Condition report
Fading, discolouration, loss of colour, stitched repairs, many small repairs, patches.
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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

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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
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