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The field shows two voluted pedestal-like compartments, each supporting a large vase of flowers, flanking a smaller pedestal-compartment in the center. The sculptured bust of a figure of indeterminate gender rests on the central pedestal. A square-necked garment and drapery cover the shoulders;...

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Before 1930, Lionel Harris, The Spanish Art Gallery, London [see note 1]. By 1930 until at least 1945, French and Company, New York. Mae C. (Mrs. John E. Rovensky), New York (?) [see note 2]. 1965, Elizabeth (Mrs. A. Hamilton) Rice, New York; October 23, 1965, Mrs. Rice and others sale, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 344, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 10, 1965) NOTES: [1] H. C. Marillier, English Tapestries of the Eighteenth Century (London, 1930), p. 10, no. 3, where three related tapestries, all from the Spanish Art Gallery, are discussed. [2] Mrs. Rice had two of the related tapestries that were mentioned by Marillier, 1930 (as above, n. 1), which she sold at Parke-Bernet in 1965 (lots 343 and 344). The provenance of lot 343, which is not the MFA tapestry, was given in the auction catalogue as the Spanish Art Gallery, French and Co., and Mrs. John E. Rovensky. The provenance of lot 344, the MFA tapestry, is presumably the same, but is said in the catalogue only to have come from French and Co.

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund

Arabesques with Bust (from a series of hangings showing similar elements in varied combinations)

English, First half of the 18th century

Object Place

London (Soho or Pall Mall?), England


Overall: 574 x 518.2 x 7.6 cm (226 x 204 x 3 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tapestry weave (wool warp; wool and silk wefts)


Textiles and Fashion Arts