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

Bacchus and Ariadne are depicted on the Isle of Naxos.

The elaborate side borders have crossed quivers above pendants of fruit and naiads pouring water from urns. The bottom border depicts a boar and an ass at bay beset by hounds.

The arms of the 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700) and his Countess Anne (1649-1703), appear between trophies of fruit and stone scrollwork on the top border, 324cm high, 308.5cm wide.

The Mortlake shield mark appears at the lower right.

The 1688 Burghley Inventory records: ‘The Bedd Chamr next ye Gallery Roomes….3 peices of ye Baccanells Tapistry hangings’ and ‘The Wardrobe…. 1 peice of ye Baccanells hangings, Mortlake.’


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