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Feuilles de Choux with Stag

Wool and silk

Flemish, probably Enghien, c. 1550 – 1570

Private collection, Belgium

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.

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Height 278 cm; 9 ft. 1⅖ in. Width 236 cm; 7 ft. 8⅞ in.