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A 16th century Flemish tapestry panel

  • Country of Origin: Netherlands
  • Date: Circa 1550-1570
  • Size: 3'2¼” (97cm) x 4'7½” (141cm)
A 16th century Flemish tapestry panel


The most famous representation of a boar hunt predates the present fragment by a quarter of a century; The Killing of the Wild Boar (Month of December)from the set of the Hunts of Maximilian, woven in Brussels after designs by Bernard van Orley, shows the boar attacked by several dogs while another lies wounded by the tusks of the boar. The treatment of the subject in the present fragment is far simpler, but remains bold and characterful. The tapestry from which it came was probably woven in the town of Oudenaarde, though, as Guy Delmarcel notes, the interpenetration of tapestry designs and weavers between the three neighbouring towns of Oudenaarde, Grammont and Enghien ensured that the ‘production of the three towns can only be distinguished (…) by documentary evidence or by town and weavers marks’.

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