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Height 320 cm., 10 ft. 7 in., Length 266 cm., 8 ft. 9 in.,
The cross protruding with crown-like tips from behind the shield identifies the bearer as a member of the Order of Alcantara, which was founded by King Don Sancho III of Castile in 1158 and of which Don Luis de Salcedo became a member in 1666.
The colour range and type of weave is reminiscent of numerous examples of tapestries woven with Spanish armorials. These examples are generally believed to have been woven in Spain. Several weavers, many of them of Flemish origin, are recorded during the 17th Century in Spain, but it is very rare that armorial tapestries can be attributed to weavers. Armorial tapestries of this character are also believed to have been woven in Flanders to supply the foreign markets.
The colours are strong and vibrant with good contrasts. As typical with tapestries of this type the weave is relatively coarse but dense and the warp is well covered. There are only very small, localised losses which have been restored and the tapestry has been cleaned and conserved with some stitching against the lining. The tapestry is structurally firm and overall in very good and ready-to-hang condition.
Gray Bennett, Five Centuries of Tapestry from The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, 1992, cats. 36 - 37, pp. 138 - 141).
|Height||327.00 cm||(128.74 inches)|
|Width||266.00 cm||(104.72 inches)|
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