Description: possibly depicting Artemisia, an illustrious heroine from antiquity, known for her devotion and who succeeded in erecting a great monument (mausoleum) in Halicarnassus, to the memory of her husband, Mausolus, on his death, woven within a four-sided 'Elements' border, incorporating Neptune and Amphitrite, Nereids and dolphins, exotic and mythological animals and birds, and floral swag across the top border,
woven with the Brussels town mark lower left selvedge, and weaver's mark, lower section of right hand vertical selvedge
Dimensions: approximately 336cm. high, 255cm. wide; 11ft., 8ft. 4in.
Condition Report: Measurements: 255cm across the top and bottom, 336cm along the left side, 335cm along the right side. The tapestry has a professionally attached linen lining, with Velcro attached across the top edge, and slip along lower edge. The condition generally is in good restored condition. The colour is balanced and although faded overall, is still bright and cheerful. Having been restored there are some repairs and later areas such as highlight additions to details, including dark outlines in and red to the mouths. Some minor repair to silks, most obvious in body of animal in left border. There are two vertical splits in the top border, both approximately 32cm long, one being left of the winged mask near the join of wing to mask and the other is through the flying bird off to the right of this motif, through the bird's head. There is some oxidisation in areas, especially to the dark brown inner edging on left side of main design and top of main panel (which exposes the warp threads in areas, and some later repairs, and loose threads. There is a rewoven area in the centre of the lower border, approximately 83cm. long, which includes the heads of the two mer-figures, and a shaped hill area of repair (approximately 51cm long and 4cm at highest) see as area of green of the foliage and grass just inside the lower edge of main area. Despite overall faded colour this is a striking tapestry, of a good size and with a lovely border design (elements and floral swag), finely woven and with some beautiful details such as the clothing of figures.
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