Woven in the workshop of Urban Leyniers (16741747) and Daniel Leyniers (16691728)
Wool and silk; 120 x 124 in. (305 x 315 cm)
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.254)
Depicting a group of peasants dancing while others load a wagon with hay, this piece belonged to a set of genre tapestries loosely inspired by the paintings of David Teniers the Younger (16101690). During the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, the Brussels workshops produced large numbers of these so-called Teniers tapestries from cartoons by artists like Jan van Orley and Augustin Coppens. Featuring genre figures in idealized landscapes, they provided a lighthearted contrast to the grander history and mythology tapestries then in vogue for the staterooms of European country houses. The tapestry is signed by the brothers Daniel and Urban Leyniers, who ran a highly successful partnership with Henry Reydams in Brussels from 1712.