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Success for a Renaissance Tapestry

Published on , by Philippe Dufour
Auction on 25 April 2019 - 14:00 (CEST) - Hôtel des ventes du Marais, 62, rue des Docteurs-Muller - 42000 Saint-Étienne

Instant replay of the results obtained by a 16th-century wool and silk tapestry with an aristolochia decoration, from Audenarde or Enghien.

Flanders, late 16th century, Audenarde or Enghien, tapestry with aristolochia, wool... Success for a Renaissance Tapestry

Flanders, late 16th century, Audenarde or Enghien, tapestry with aristolochia, wool and silk, 207 x 295 cm.
Result: €200,000

At a sale in Saint-Etienne, in eastern central France, this piece had a marvellous surprise in store for art lovers when it soared up to €200,000, multiplying its estimate by six… A splendid victory at a time when medieval and Renaissance works are struggling to find takers. True, this result was justified by its remarkable condition, and its amazingly fresh colours in particular. The tapestry came from a Burgundy collection and eventually went to a British connoisseur. It is also remarkable for its rich decoration of aristolochia and clusters of daisies, poppies, daffodils, violets, periwinkles and columbines, with five birds playing merrily among them. The border is equally opulent, ornamented with a mixture of irises and vine branches. Each corner features as yet unidentified coats of arms. The piece was woven at either Audenarde or Enghien: two Flemish cities that became famous for their tapestries in the 15th century, their output reaching a peak the following century. In Audenarde, the guild of tapestry weavers is mentioned for the first time in 1441, and a few decades later the Enghien factory began exporting its works to the Duchy of Burgundy. 

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Thursday 25 April 2019 - 14:00 (CEST)
Hôtel des ventes du Marais, 62, rue des Docteurs-Muller - 42000 Saint-Étienne
Ivoire - Hôtel des Ventes du Marais
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