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 an unknown noble Spanish family coat of arms. The family is certainly related with the De La Puente from Galicia, whose coat of arms is the bridge with inscription with blue and white stripes in the middle at the lower right and in the lower right corner of the border.
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.