Description & Technical information

Flemish, probably Enghien

This superb quality tapestry shows in its upper part a field with interlaced 'Feuilles de choux', flowers, fruits and birds. A magnificent stag sits on the lower left side. The division between the upper and lower halves is marked by a river that disappears to the right of the composition. The central scene is highlighted by a rich border decorated with leaves, flowers, fruits and eight feminine figures. A similar border can be seen on a tapestry from the same period, now in the Musée du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, which tapestry is also attributed to the workshops of Enghien.

The 'Feuilles de choux' tapestries are so called because of the similarity between the leaves of their fields and the examples adorned with cabbage leaves. However, the design of their foliage is, in fact, enlarged acanthus leaves. Woven during the second half of the 16th century, these verdures with thick foliage are part of the Flemish tradition of floral tapestries, such as the 'Millefleurs' of the 15th and early 16th centuries.

Date:  1550 – 1570
Period:  1400-1600, 16th Century
Origin:  Belgium, Enghien
Medium: Silk, Wool
Dimensions: 278 x 236 cm (109¹/₂ x 92⁷/₈ inches)
Categories: Textiles