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18th Century antique tapestry after de Jan Van Orley and Aurel Augustin Coppens

In the Style of Jan Van Orley and Aurel Augustin Coppens
Origin Belgium
Period 18th Century
Materials Handwoven wool and silk tapestry
W. 82.68 in; H. 153.54 in;
W. 210 cm; H. 390 cm;
Condition Excellent. This tapestry is in excellent condition with vivid original colours.
Creation Date c.1729-1745
Description Title: ‘’Neptune et Amphitrite, tenture du Triomphe des dieux”

Atelier d’Urban et Daniel III Leyniers, Brussels
Carton after de Jan Van Orley and Aurel Augustin Coppens
Signed "V.L.D.L" in the bottom right

Material: wool & silk
Dimensions: 390 x 210 cm; 12.8 x 6.9 . ft

Condition: excellent, with original border
Provenance: private collection, France

This beautiful tapestry is related to the mythological story of Neptune welcoming Amphitrite, who are surrounded by a group of nymphs and one of the Gods of wind in a mountainous landscape. Neptune, the god of sea and earthquakes. He became the ruler of part of the world - the sea, while his brothers, Jupiter ruled the sky and Pluto ruled the underworld, after defeating their father.

Neptune had a reputation for having a violent temper. Tempests and earthquakes were a reflection of his furious rage. He has been always depicted as a bearded men holding a trident and seated in a seashell drawn by sea-horses. One day, Neptune saw the water nymph Amphitrite dancing in the island of Naxos and fell in love with her. He promptly asked her to marry him but unfortunately, she refused. However, not discouraged by Amphitrite refusal, Neptune sent one of his servant, a dolphin to look for her. Here we can see Neptune is welcoming Amphitrite, the latter having left convince by a dolphin, messenger of the god of the sea, to marry him despite his initial reluctance. Neptune will make a place of honour to the dolphin in the sky by making a constellation as the Dolphinus.

This tapestry was woven in the mid18th-century using the highest quality wool and silk. The overall effect of the Brussel’s technique is a smooth surface and an incredibly high precision in the drawings. Its original frame is composed of twisted and interlaced ribbons.

This tapestry belongs to the series of Triumph of the Gods whose cartoons were drawn by Jan Van Orley for the figures and Aurel Augustin Coppens for the landscapes, around 1716. The complete wall hanging gathers thirteen main subjects, with numerous variations according to the series, produced for more than forty years by Urban Leyniers and his son Daniel III Leyniers. Last active members of this important dynasty of dyers and weavers who will die in 1768, the association of their initials allow us to assign them our tapestry and to date it between 1729 and 1745.
Styles / Movements Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 299461
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