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A Falconer with Two Ladies and a Foot Soldier

A work made of wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.

Date:

c. 1500

Artist:

France or Flanders, possibly Paris or Bruges

About this artwork

Two fashionably dressed women, a man in falconer’s garb, another man in the less ornate costume of a foot soldier, and a dog occupy an island surrounded by a flat expanse covered in an overall pattern of small flowers and plants known as millefleur. The shallow, earthy cross section visible on the front edge of the island reveals that some attempt was made to create an impression of depth. It is unlikely that this image had any particular symbolic or narrative significance; rather, it was probably the decorative qualities of the figures’ stances and costumes and the fantastical millefleur setting that appealed to contemporary viewers. Such millefleur designs were extremely popular because of their accessibility, functional flexibility, and manageable scale. This particular example is of an appropriate size and subject to have hung in the home of a wealthy family.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Title

A Falconer with Two Ladies and a Foot Soldier

Origin

Bruges

Date

Made 1490–1510

Medium

Wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave

Dimensions

362.7 × 285.8 cm (142 7/8 × 112 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Kate S. Buckingham

Reference Number

1922.5379

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