A RARE BRUSSELS TAPESTRY DEPICTING A SCENE FROM THE LIFE OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT
One rare early 18th century Brussels tapestry, elaborately woven in wool with silk highlights titled La Bataille D'Arbeles from "The Story of Alexander the Great" after a design by Charles LeBrun. At centre sits King Darius of Persua in a carriage, with Alexander bearing shield and sword on horseback at right. To the left an armoured archer on horseback shoots into the battle, while a red robed Prince Rees, at centre. Intricately woven and using silk and colour to create texture and depth, this narrative is housed within a trompe l'oeil frame (border) centred by cartouches and trophies of war. Backed and reinforced with fabric and burlap strips, respectively, this ornate tapestry is suspended by a brass rod with knob terminals, 135" x 213" — 343 x 541 cm.