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May and July, from The Twelve Months series
Designer:
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Date:
17th century
Location:
Not on display
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Media:
Wool, Silk; Tapestry Weave
Dimensions:
279.4 x 424.2 cm (110 x 167 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Provenance:

Earls of Bristol, Rushbrooke Hall, according to Marillier, English Tapestries, 64 (sale 19 December 1928, Christie's, no. 146)
Lurline B. Roth, "Filoli" (sake 25 March 1975, Butterfield & Butterfield, no. 444)
Mr. and Mrs. J. Frederick Kohlenberg

Accession Number:
1991.123
Acquisition Date:
1991-12-31
Credit Line:

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. Frederick Kohlenberg

Exhibition History:

Five Centuries of Tapestry, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 1976

Two scenes separated by a slender column illustrate the familiar theme of the labors (and sports) of the months. On the left, three on horseback leave for a falcon hunt. The young lord holds the hawk, his companion a leafy branch traditionally carried on the first of May. The noble sport of hawking is balanced on the right by the labor of haymaking. Field-workers with scythes and rakes toil in the July heat, while some pause under a tree for a midday meal. From Anna Gray Bennett, "Five Centuries of Tapestry: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco" (San Francisco: Chronicle Books; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1976; repr. 1992): p. 320.

Contemporaneous Works “Art from the same century and country”

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