Two Brussels tapestries by Pieter Van Der Borcht

The tapestries are two from a set of probably six, illustrating scenes from the life of Moses: The Finding of Moses and The Battle with the Amalekites.

Details

Medium:
Wool & silk tapestry
Dimensions:
356 x 383 cm
Art Fund grant:
£7,900 ( Total: £31,482)
Acquired in:
1992
Vendor:
Christie's

Nothing is particularly unusual about the tapestries' composition. In the seventeenth century, the Finding of Moses was often used as an excuse for a display of nudity, though the figure of Pharaoh's daughter was conventionally depicted standing. The composition of the Battle with the Amalekites was established well over a century before the tapestries were woven. Joshua is shown mounted, sword in hand, in the centre of a mass of combatants, putting Amalek (extreme right) to flight.

Provenance

Prob George,Prince of Wales; Isabella, Lady Hertford,Temple Newsam; descent to Edward Wood,3rd Viscount Halifax;sold 1945 to Frank Partridge Inc,NY;Sotheby's 7/7/61; Mrs E.N.Burke,Stackallan House, Co.Meath; sold Hamilton Osborne King/Christie's

Venue details

Temple Newsam House Temple Newsam Estate, LEEDS West Yorkshire LS15 0AE 0113 336 7461 www.leeds.gov.uk/templenewsamhouse

Entry details

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