Allegorical and Art Nouveau tapestries at Nagel, Stuttgart
Nagel’s Fine Arts and Antiques sale in Stuttgart, 26 – 27 February 2014, includes two notable German tapestries of greatly different periods and styles.
The first, Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac, a Flemish-style Allegorical tapestry consigned by a Hessian private collection, may have been made in Lower Saxony around 1600, although a more conventional Brussels attribution cannot be ruled out.
More certain is the origin of Five Swans, which was woven in Schleswig-Holstein in the late 1890s in an edition of 100, after a design by the German Jugendstil artist, graphic designer and typographer Otto Eckmann (1865-1902), and is considered an important work of German Art Nouveau. This example was acquired in 1900 at the Paris World Fair: others are held in the collections of institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the State Museum of Baden-Württemberg.
The sale also includes a 17th century French Aubusson tapestry depicting the marriage of a king.