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Code 319-5
Large 17th Century Flanders Tapestry Depicting a Roman Scene

The details on this tapestry are absolutely superb. It was woven in Flanders in the 1600s. The village in the background for instance, is so finely woven you can see the architectural ornamentation of each building. Some of the foliate details actually show individual veins in leaves. This tapestry depicts a Roman general mounted on horseback handing over orders to a warrior on foot who carries a bow, while another warrior behind him is holding a spear. It is rare to have a Roman general as the subject on a tapestry. The border is original with the main panel of scrolling foliage surrounded by two lighter borders and a brown binding around the periphery.

Flanders at that time (1600s) was the center for the finest tapestry in the world. During the middle ages and through the hundred years war, France was considered the world's most important producer of tapestry, with Paris being the tapestry capital of the western world. Unfortunately, during the hundred years war, with pillaging and unrest, many woven tapestry pieces were lost or burned for their precious metal content. Eventually tapestry artists, skilled dyers and tapestry craftsmen moved north towards Flanders into what today is called Holland and Belgium. In 16th century Flanders, the towns of Oudenaarde, Brussells, Geraardsbergen and Enghein had become the center of European tapestry production. Starting in the 17th century, Flemish tapestries were arguably the most important productions, with many specimens of this era still existence, demonstrating the intricate detail of pattern and color.

CONDITION: Good antique commensurate with age, Some sections separations as seen in photos, previous restorations. Full backing added for support. Thick velcro support stitched to back top for optimal hanging (museum standard)

H=135, W=147 1/2
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