PROPERTY OF AN INSTITUTION (LOTS 212-215)
AFTER CARTOONS BY MICHEL COXIEN
From the Story of Noah and his family constructing the Ark, an angel appears at Noahs left, the borders woven with entrelac enclosing blossoming and fruiting urns, the upper central border woven with
DIXIT.DAVlS.AD.NOE.FAC.TIBI.ARCAM.GENES.VI, the lower right selvedge woven with the Brussels townmark.
Probably Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, The Chapel-Room, Knole, Kent
Thence by descent at Knole until the late 19th century
Sold from the Morgan Collection to France & Co., New York in 1916
J. Nash, Mansions of England in The Olden Time, 1870, vol. II, pl.XLVI
"The Story of Noah" series was woven after cartoons by Michel Coxien (1499-1592) who was established as a Tapestry designer in Brussels from 1542-1563. It seems likely that the offered tapestries formed part of the large consignment of tapestries acquired by Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset (d.1760) from Whitehall place in 1695, soon after the death of Queen Mary II. They are recoded as having formerly been in the Chapel-Room at Knole, Kent (Nash, op.cit.) and are discussed in J.Brady, Guide to Knole, 1839, p.140.
Other sets of this series are in the Wawel Museum, Cracow and illustrated in J.Szablowski, The Flemish Tapestries at Wawel Castle in
Cracow, 1972, pp.126-163, and in the Palacio Real, Madrid, in
P.Junquera de Vega, Catalogode Vega, Catalogo de Tapies del Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, 1986, vol I, Sigleo XVL, pp.270-272.
A set of four tapestries from this series was sold, Christies London, 15 April 1924, Lot 15.