A Late 16th Century Flemish Hunting Tapestry

Woven in silks and wool, this tapestry has lots of interesting little scenes – beneath the trees in the background is a small building with a figure emerging from the doorway, whilst the centre ground has horses and riders, hunters carrying bows, leaping dogs, and in the foreground a couple in period dress.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, it was the rich who could indulge in the sport of hunting. Landowners often used these scenes to impress visitors as to their wealth and social standing.

Good colour and finely woven, typical of Oudenaarde, circa 1580-1600.

Height 84 inches, width 66 inches.

Ref 2401

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