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Lot 312 (The Principal Contents of North Mymms Park - Two-Day Sale - DAY TWO, 18th April 2018)

Lots 312 and 313 Two important Brussels tapestries from the 'History of Venus' series

Lots 312 and 313
Two important Brussels tapestries from the 'History of Venus' series, in well preserved colours, within broad naturalistic borders woven with animals, bunches of fruit, birds and flowers.

A Brussel mythological tapestry,
The Story of Venus: Venus disclosing to Diomedes the conduct of his wife Aegialia,
probably mid-16th century, after Bernard van Orley, possibly from the workshop of Guasparo di Bartolommeo Papini after Alessandro Allori,
300 x 650cm approximately

Panel VI of the Madrid set corresponds to the present tapestry, but without the figure of the fallen warrior with Venus(?) standing behind him to the right. ('In the Madrid example the right hand portion has been cut away so that Cupid is aiming at a purely conjectural target', Country Life, 20 January, 1934, North Mymms Park: II). It also has a more detailed landscape background and lacks the figures of mermen riding on sea monsters. The title now given to this tapestry is the same as that given to the example in Madrid. This is also illustrated in 'Gobel Wandteppiche', Leipzig, 1923, Part I, Vol. II, abb.98.

Sold for £64,000

Condition report
Blue edging has brown stains and discolouration.
Fading, discolouration, colour loss, stitched repairs.
Signed in right corner and inscribe by the elephant rider.
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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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