A late 16th/early 17th century tapestry, Brussels, allegorical of one of The Planets Upper border associated
Lot 100
A late 16th/early 17th century tapestry, Brussels, allegorical of one of The Planets
Upper border associated
Sold for £8,125 (US$ 13,125) inc. premium

Lot Details
A late 16th/early 17th century tapestry, Brussels, allegorical of one of The Planets Upper border associated A late 16th/early 17th century tapestry, Brussels, allegorical of one of The Planets Upper border associated A late 16th/early 17th century tapestry, Brussels, allegorical of one of The Planets Upper border associated A late 16th/early 17th century tapestry, Brussels, allegorical of one of The Planets Upper border associated
A late 16th/early 17th century tapestry, Brussels, allegorical of one of The Planets
Upper border associated
Showing a Palace complex in a hilly and wooded landscape, a King wearing a solar crown and pointing heavenwards with two attendants by his side, other figures also pointing to the sky, chickens and a dog to the foreground, the original border to the sides and bottom edge stitched with a pair of charioteers to each bottom corner, and classical motifs and putti, and ovals stitched with hunting scenes, 384cm wide x 303cm high (151in wide x 119cm high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Purchased Sotheby's, 1985. This tapestry was bought to decorate Handforth Hall when Dr Douglas was saving money to buy Sara, his fiancee, an engagement ring. As a result, the ring's purchase was delayed by nine months!

    The original sets of Planet tapestries, depicting their influence on mankind, included seven panels attributed to the planets Sol, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Luna, Venus, Mercury, and two additional subjects, Time and Fortuna, were added
    to the series. The influence of the planets was a popular theme in the late Middle Ages, and depictions extend back to 15th century Italy with Baccio Baldini's engravings which distinctively included the gods travelling through the sky on chariots drawn by lesser beasts and birds, with humanity undertaking various pursuits, labours and leisure pursuits, under the ruling influence of the relevant planet. The theme of the Gods in their chariots overlooking their 'children' under their influence was taken up in the Northern countries, (incorporating gods from their mythology) and proliferated in the 16th and 17th centuries, and was woven to great effect by the Flemish weavers.

    The modifications at the top of this tapestry - the later border and the folding over of the top edge of the tapestry (this strip is now concealed behind the visible parts) - have resulted in the concealment/loss of the charioteer, and thus it is unclear which of the Planets is being represented here.
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