17th-Century Belgian Tapestry
17th-Century Belgian Tapestry 17th-Century Belgian Tapestry 17th-Century Belgian Tapestry 17th-Century Belgian Tapestry 17th-Century Belgian Tapestry 17th-Century Belgian Tapestry 17th-Century Belgian Tapestry
17th-Century Belgian Tapestry

17th-Century Belgian Tapestry

  • This remarkable 17th-century Belgian tapestry is the work of the famed weavers of Brussels
  • Measuring nearly 11 feet high, this tapestry boast stunning workmanship and condition
  • The subject features the Greek gods Hermes and Apollo, the later courting a Naiad (nymph)
  • Brussels tapestries are regarded as the finest crafted in the 16th through 17th centuries
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Item No. 30-9006
$88,500
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Greek mythology is the subject of this rare and very important 17th-century Belgian tapestry depicting Hermes, Apollo and a Naiad, or water nymph. Woven with incredible detail and artistry, this monumental tapestry exhibits the superior quality work attributed to the famed Brussels' workshops of Brabant during the 16th and 17th centuries. The masterfully executed mythological scene is surrounded by an elaborate border of intertwined flowers, masks, scrolls, ribbons and urns. Tapestries such as this were created to adorn the homes of the wealthy and powerful and held a place of great importance. Today, these incredible works of art, especially those retaining the vivid range of color and excellent condition exhibited by this piece, remain highly desirable works of decorative art.

The city of Brussels in the province of Brabant became the epicenter of tapestry craftsmanship beginning in the 16th century. The area was distinguished for the prowess of its weavers and the exceptionally high quality materials utilized. By 1600, one-third of the citizens of Brussels were employed by the tapestry industry. European royalty, including the imperial houses of Spain and Austria, as well as the papacy, favored these stunning Belgian tapestries and were frequent patrons.

This tapestry is signed on the bottom border "BB" with a red shield between indicating the tapestry was made in Brussels in the province of Brabant with an unidentified weaver's mark "VB". The inclusion of the "BB" and shield mark was required by law in 1528 as part of a series of regulations protecting the local industry from fakes and forgeries.

17th Century

83" wide x 131" high
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Period: 17th Century
Type:Tapestries/Textiles
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