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Lot 311 (The Principal Contents of North Mymms Park - Two-Day Sale - DAY TWO, 18th April 2018)

A Flemish tapestry

A Flemish tapestry,
The Story of Romulus and Remus (7),
late 16th/early 17th century, attributed to Jakob Geubels the Elder, depicting Romulus presenting to his grandfather, Numitor, King of Alba Longa, the severed head of his usurper brother, Amulius, shown in a four-sided compartmental floral border, with illustrations of Latin proverbs and allegorical and mythological figures,
size approximately 10ft 5in high x 12ft 6in wide (317 x 380cm)

Provenance: Christie's, London.

An almost identical tapestry, with the Brussels town mark and weaver's mark identified as Jakob Geubels I (Gobel: Part I weaver's marks, p.3), was sold at Sotheby's London, 26 June 1981, lot 9. In both examples, the composition is cut to the right of the tent. Another similar, but later, version in a border of fruit and flowers, and with the figure of Numitor placed at the centre of the tapestry, is illustrated by Anna G Bennett, 'Five Centuries of Tapestry', 1976, no. 40, dated as c.1635.

Sold for £15,000

Condition report
Fading, discolouration, loss of colour, many stitched repairs, some areas remade, extensive re-working of holes and splits.
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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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