Description: woven with central medallion enclosing scene of 'Judah and Tamar', depicting Tamar confronting Judah, and in her defence showing him the signet, bracelet and stick given to her without him knowing her identity, the figural group surrounded by scrollwork architectural surround incorporating inscriptions and date, Genesis VIII 1595, and By the man unto whome these things pertayne am I with childe, and further initials, entwined cypher MWI and EI, with a mille-fleurs surround and walnut ground elements, (Genesis: 38); reduced in width and lacking borders
Dimensions: approximately 196cm. high, 157cm. wide; 6ft. 5in., 5ft. 2in.
Condition Report: This is a rare English tapestry. Although it is a fragment, compared to the existing panels, the mille-fleurs around above the sculptural cartouche is largely there, and it is lacking some of the same ground design on the sides. There is no longer an outer border. The colours of the catalogue photograph show the red in the surround to more strident in colour than it actually is in appearance. In reality the colours are evenly faded overall. The letters within the sculptural surround are faint to decipher without close inspection, due to fading of original colours used. There are some small areas of repair, and some minor areas of weakness. There is minor oxidisation to the browns of ground in areas, and small areas of brown reweaving, for example in the lower right corner. The tapestry has a linen lining on the reverse. It is recommended that Velcro is used for hanging purposes in the future. There is a range of colours still present and some lovely detail motifs and early hachure weaving technique. This is a special tapestry, and is a versatile size.
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Provenance: Chastleton House, Gloucestershire, early 17th century
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Chastleton House Sale, Sotheby's, 12 November 1920 (related four tapestries offered as lots 128-131)
New York purchase, 1953, and restored by De Wit Manufactory, Mechelen, 1957
Thence by descent