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A Mortlake ‘Bacchanals’ Tapestry, London, circa 1678-1688.

Bacchus and Ariadne are depicted on the Isle of Naxos, with the Mortlake shield mark at lower right.
The elaborate side borders have crossed quivers above pendants of fruit and naiads pouring water from urns, the bottom borders with a boar and an ass at bay beset by hounds. The arms of the 5th Earl and Countess of Exeter appear between trophies of fruit and stone scrollwork on the top border, 10ft. 8in. high, 10ft. 2in. wide.

The 1688 Burghley Inventory records: 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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