17th Century 11×13 Antique Mortlake English Tapestry #9902475

$125,000.00

Collection: Ashly Antique Collection
Condition: antique
Origin: English
Design: Mortlake Tapestry
Actual size: 10’8″ x 12′10″
Thickness: 1/8″
Colors: Blue, Teal, Green, Wheat
Content: Wool & Silk

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Ashly Fine Rugs Presents AN ORIGINAL 400-YEAR-OLD ENGLISH BAROQUE GARDEN LANDSCAPE TAPESTRY, ROYAL MORTLAKE WORKSHOP, 17TH CENTURY, ONCE HUNG IN AN ENGLISH CASTLE woven with silk and wool in a rectangular form centering a stone footbridge over a meandering stream with paired geese amidst a garden of various blossoming plant species beneath towering trees concealing a parrot and magpie foraging on large grape clusters, within a topiary garden hedge and spherical wall before a fountain with a forest and manor in the distance, enclosed by a spiraling acanthus leaf wrapped fruiting and flowering border framed by a lambrequin edge trimmed in a brown outer slip, surmounted by a coronet above an armorial three bar shield flanked by palm fronds centering a fleur-de-lys. Note: The Mortlake Tapestry Works was established at Mortlake England under the proprietorship of Sir Francis Crane, 1620-1636. The Prince of Wales, Soon to be King Charles I, King Charles I, then still Prince of Wales, arranged for Francis Cleyn to join the Mortlake tapestry manufactory in 1624. Cleyn became a key designer at the manufactory and was responsible for several of its most successful series such as the ‘Story of Hero and Leander’ and the ‘Royal Horses’. He also designed a series depicting ‘Playing Boys’, which took direct inspiration from two paintings by Polidoro de Caravaggio which Charles II purchased in 1637, and which appears to form the basis for this tapestry. The series was frequently woven at Mortlake and then taken up as a subject by Hatton Garden and Soho, which were established as private ateliers with the slow demise of Mortlake in the late 17th Century. Francis Poyntz indeed moved from Mortlake and became the head of the Great Wardrobe, a competing workshop, which was moved to Hatton Garden in 1679. Upon his death in 1685 the workshop moved to Great Queen Street in Soho while his son Thomas Poyntz continued to execute tapestries in Hatton Garden. He is recorded supplying Charles II with a series of the ‘Playing Boys’ as early as 1668 but continued to weave the subject for several decades (D. Heinz, EuropŠische Tapisseriekunst des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, 1995, pp. 182, 186 and 190). This tapestry is very desirable considering its size, age, and its unusual English workshop background as well as its uncontroversial subject depicting a lovely garden park with a fountain and manor in the distance. This is in good condition considering its age, use, and materials. Height: 158″ Width: 128 1/2″

Collection: Ashly Antique Collection
Condition: antique
Origin: English
Design: Mortlake Tapestry
Actual size: 10’8″ x 12′10″
Thickness: 1/8″
Colors: Blue, Teal, Green, Wheat
Content: Wool & Silk

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Dimensions12.82 × 10.66 in

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