FLANDERS -BRUSSELS

Tapestry with Coat of Arms

 

Size: m. 2,75 H x 2,56 H - 9’0 x 8’4”

Marks and signatures:  the piece brings the initials  BB , on the lower right side, for the city  of Brussels and the mark, on the lower right edge, of the weaver Henrik Reydams I (1600 - ca 1669).

Age: first half of XVII century.

Condition: very good. The piece is in its complete size. Minimal restorations.

 

Finely woven in wool and silk, the tapestry belongs to the group of Armorial Tapestries. These were often ordered in the occasions of weddings between members of  the aristocracy.

 

The tapestry depicts the coat of arms of the Spanish family Tornamira of Gerona, in Catalunya. The coat of arms is surmounted by a feathered helmet and surrounded by a delicate landscape.

 

The border is made of fruit, birds and flowers garlands with the symbol of the families at the four corners.

 

Henrik Reydams I was of the main tapestry weavers of the first half of XVII century, author also of the series of Anthony and Cleopatra now at the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna.

 

The archives report some tapestries with the same coat of arms of the Tornamira family; two of them are in the Museum Lazaro Galdiano in Madrid. Other two are in the Museum of the Peralada Castle in Gerona.

 

 

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