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Tapestry: Thetis and Achilles Before the Oracle (from the series THE STORY OF ACHILLES)

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It has been suggested that the tapestry illustrates a tale recorded or invented by the sixteenth century mythographer Natale Conti. According to Conti, there was an oracle combining the prophecy that the Trojan War could not be won without Achilles with an earlier prophecy forseeing Achilles...

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Inscription

The Brussels mark appears woven into the lower center right outer guard. An additional weaver mark appears in the lower left corner of the tapestry - G.V.D.S.

Provenance

Charles Mather Ffoulke is said to have purchased both this and The Anger of Achilles Against Agamemnon tapestry from an unidentified dealer in Munich (unpublished letters). The dealer did not specify the source, but stated that the tapestries came from a "royal house." Collection Charles Mather Ffoulke, Washington, D.C. Collection French and Company, New York. Collection George Robert White, Boston. Collection Mrs. Harriet J. Bradbury, Boston. Bequest of Mrs. Harriet J. Bradbury, July 3, 1930.

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Harriet J. Bradlbury

Flemish, Probably third quarter of the 17th century

Object Place

Brussels, Flanders

Dimensions

413 x 465 cm (162 5/8 x 183 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

30.484

Medium or Technique

Tapestry weave (wool warp; wool, silk and gilt(?) silver wefts)

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles