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One of the Mortlake ‘Bacchanals’ Tapestries, London, circa 1678-1688.

Bacchus and Ariadne on the Isle of Naxos.
10ft. 8ins. high by 10ft. 2ins. wide, with Mortlake shield mark lower right.

The elaborate borders with the arms of the 5th Earl and Countess of Exeter, as on the Metamorphoses tapestries but without the supporters, placed between trophies of fruit and stone scrollwork, the sides with crossed quivers above, pendants of fruit, naiads pouring water from urns, and bag nets, the bottom borders with a boar and an ass at bay beset by hounds.

1688 Inventory: p.10 – “The Bedd Chamr next ye Gallery Roomes….3 peices of ye Baccanells Tapistry hangings” and p.39 – “The Wardrobe…. 1 peice of ye Baccanells hangings, Mortlake.”


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