Honor Making a Chaplet of Roses, Wool warp, wool wefts, South Netherlandish

Honor Making a Chaplet of Roses

ca. 1410–20
South Netherlandish
Wool warp, wool wefts
93 x 108 in. (236.2 x 274.3 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1959
Accession Number:
Not on view
The French inscription below Honor may be translated: "I am Honor who makes chaplets for my children who are beautiful." Repairs make it impossible to decipher the other inscriptions with certainty. The young girl is probably saying: "To please my friend better, I shall put on this pretty hat." The inscription above the courtier at the right identifies him as Detuit ("Pleasure"). The gentleman at the left may be saying: "Homage to my good lady, my protectress." Essentially an allegory of courtly love, this fragmentary tapestry hanging was inspired by romances of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

(at lower left, below youth): VUT A MON BON / DAM MON GEROM

(at lower right, below girl): POUR MIEUS PEER A MI [?] / AFULERAI CE CAPU IO IL [joli ?]

(at top right, above youth): DE DUIT CE SUI QUI DE [?]/ E IM CI LE CE BIEN AU
Emil Weinberger, Vienna (by 1918–sold 1929) ; his sale, Max Gluckselig and Wawra, Vienna (October 22-24, 1929, no. 239) ; [ Duveen Brothers, London, Paris and New York (by 1939 - sold 1959)]
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