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A Millefleurs Tapestry with the coat of arms and initials of Christine de Lechy.

Wool and silk.

Flemish, attributed to Bruges, second quarter 16th century, before 1548.

Provenance
Almost certainly commissioned and gifted by Christine de Lechy to the Cistercian Abbey of Herkenrode, Sint-Truiden, circa 1521.

Typical of the period from the second half of the 15th century to the first third of the 16th, millefleurs is a term associated with tapestries that have a dark blue background scattered with flowers, sometimes stylised and often represented in a repetitive pattern. The carpet of flowers acts as a setting for figures, animals or arms motifs and reflects a certain realism and love of nature.

Dimensions

Height 169 cm; 5 ft. 6½ in. Width 390 cm; 12 ft. 9½ in.

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