Belgian tapestry circa 1525 up 66.6% on pre-auction valuation

A tapestry dating to 1525 has surpassed its estimate of $35,000-45,000 to make $75,000 at Sotheby's English and European Decorative Arts sale in New York on October 10 - an increase of 66.6%.

Belgian tapestry Sotheby's
The tapestry was sold by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in order to raise funds

The tapestry was crafted in Belgium, and features a scene from the biblical story of the chaste Susanna in the book of Daniel. It was consigned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

A number of other Flemish tapestries achieved impressive results at the sale. A depiction of Hercules killing the Nemean lion, dating to around 1560, made $53,125 against a $20,000-30,000 valuation, and a gothic tapestry fragment sold for $37,500 over a $12,000-18,000 estimate - up 108%.

A 16th century renaissance table cabinet from Ausburg, Germany was another notable lot - achieving $34,375. The cabinet would have been used as a writing desk, and features elaborate marquetry depicting ruins.

Ausburg writing cabinet
The cabinet dates to the late 16th century

Ausburg's furniture makers enjoyed an unrivalled reputation in Europe during this time, and their work was in high demand, with cabinets like this among the earliest examples of mass-produced luxury furniture in Europe.

Another tapestry, from the late 16th century and showing a battle from classical history, achieved an increase of 391% when it sold for $34,375 over an estimate of $5,000-7,000.

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