User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Tapestry: The Coat of Arms of a Knight of St. James of Compostela (from a series of hangings showing the same subject)

Start collecting

A large shield of arms occupies the center, as if hanging freely against a flat background. The points of the cross of the order of St. James of Compostele project from behind the shield. A marquis' coronet surmounts the shield. A small oval cartouche bearing a cypher surmounts this coronet and...

Show Full Description

Inscription

The Brussels' weavers mark appear and Albert Auwercx initials A. A appear woven in the center of the lower outer guard.

Provenance

1896, A. Gouspy (dealer), Paris; January, 1896, sold by Gouspy to Martha Gandy Levitt (Mrs. James Hewitt) Morgan (b. 1873 - d. 1928), Paris and New York state; by descent to her son, Hewitt Morgan (b. 1895 - d. 1967), Brookline, MA; 1961, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hewitt Morgan to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 8, 1961)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hewitt Morgan

Last quarter of the 17th century or the first quarter of the 18th century A.D.

Object Place

Brussels, Flanders (probably)

Dimensions

311 x 258 cm (122 7/16 x 101 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

61.157

Medium or Technique

Tapestry weave (wool warp; wool and silk wefts)

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles