A late 17th century Soho tapestry England, after the design by Francis Cleyn, 338cm high, 236cm wide, restoration.

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Lot 4
A late 17th century Soho tapestry
England, after the design by Francis Cleyn, 338cm high, 236cm wide, restoration.

£ 8,000 - 12,000
US$ 11,000 - 17,000
A late 17th century Soho tapestry
England, after the design by Francis Cleyn,
depicting Leander swimming the Hellespont to meet Hero,
338cm high, 236cm wide, restoration.

Footnotes

  • The present lot would originally been part of a set of seven panels illustrating the Greek myth The Story of Hero and Leander.

    Leander, a young man from Abydos, a town on the Asian side of the Hellespont, used to swim across the waters to meet his lover Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite who dwelt in a tower in Sestos, at the other side of the waters. Hero would light a lamp at the top of her tower to guide his way. One stormy winter night, the waves tossed Leander in the sea and the breezes blew out Hero's light. Leander lost his way, and was drowned. Hero threw herself from the tower in grief and died as well.

    Francis Cleyn (1582-1658) supplied the designs of the series to the Mortlake manufactory as his first works in the late 1630's. The designs for Hero and Leander were used throughtout the 17th century by Mortlake and were afterwards reproduced by the private workshops in Soho.
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