A post-Mortlake metamorphoses tapestry, early 18th century possibly Antwerp   436cm x 213cm
Lot 325TP
A post-Mortlake metamorphoses tapestry, early 18th century possibly Antwerp
436cm x 213cm
£ 6,000 - 8,000
US$ 7,700 - 10,000

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26 Sep 2018, 10:00 BST

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A post-Mortlake metamorphoses tapestry, early 18th century possibly Antwerp   436cm x 213cm A post-Mortlake metamorphoses tapestry, early 18th century possibly Antwerp   436cm x 213cm
A post-Mortlake metamorphoses tapestry, early 18th century possibly Antwerp
woven with Arethusa telling her tale to Ceres, from Ovid's Metamorphosis, in the middle foreground the spring into which she was changed by Artemis to protect her from Alpheus, the goddess in a chariot drawn by four horse in the sky above, re-bordered to three sides, part of a larger tapestry
436cm x 213cm

Footnotes

  • Private Collection UK
    Spains Hall, Finchingfield, Essex thence by descent.

    Ref: See Marillier "English Tapestries," page 82 (3b) for a similar version woven in reverse.

Saleroom notices

  • Accompanying description from 1890 - original document on display and image available online: Mythological Explanation of the Tapestry in the Tapestry room Tues 22 Sept 1890 As Pluto once after a violent earthquake visited the island of Sicily, he saw Porsepine, the daughter of Ceres gathering flowers in the plains of Enna*. He became enamoured and immediately carried her away upon his chariot drawn by four horses. To make his intent (?) more unknown he opened himself a passage through the Earth by striking it with his trident near the Fountain of Cyane. Ceres was most inconsolable at the loss of her daughter and would never have discovered whither she had been carried had she not learned from Arethusa (?) the nymph of the mountain that Porsepine had been carried away by Pluto *a city in the heart of Sicily, near which was a Temple of Ceres and a grove out of which Pluto carried Porsepine.
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