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An early 18th century tapestry depicting three men dancing in a garden

An early 18th century tapestry depicting two peasants dancing in a paved garden to the music of a fiddle-player at left, a large fountain with sculpted dolphins and eagles amidst the waterjets to the centre of the scene with ornamental trees in urns beyond, elegant festoons and ribbons above.

German, circa 1730
The tapestry was probably produced in a workshop in Germany, perhaps Dresden or Berlin, by French Huguenot weavers who had fled France after the infamous Edict of Nantes in 1685. Both garden and genre scenes were immensely popular subjects for tapestries and this example, with its stately fountain and trees offset by the humorous peasants, combines both.

Height: 195 cm / 76 3/4 in

Width: 238 cm / 93 3/4 in

Price: £24,500

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