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A fine 17th century Brussels verdure tapestry

  • Maker: Jan van Leefdael (1603-1668)
  • Date: Circa 1640 - 1665
  • Size: 8’7½” (263cm) high and 6’8” (203cm) wide
A fine 17th century Brussels verdure tapestry


By Jan van Leefdael (1603-1668)
Worked in coloured silks and wools with a pair of leopards rather incongruously situated in a northern European landscape, one of them lazily pawing at a bird far out of reach, this tapestry was woven in the workshops of Jan van Leefdael (1603-1668). Mentioned as a dean of the craft in 1644, van Leefdael was, to use the term employed by Thomas Campbell, one of the ‘moguls’ of Flemish tapestry manufacture in the middle of the seventeenth century, together with his son Willem, his close associate Gerard van der Strecken and van der Strecken’s son in law Gerard Peemans. Based in Brussels, he also collaborated with Everaert Leyniers and Hendrik I Reydams. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, has five tapestries of the set The Story of Anthony and Cleopatra from the workshop of van Leefdael (Accession nos. 92.1.7-11)27.

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