Weaver Flemish
  • Shepherd and Shepherdess
Date between 1500 and 1530
Medium wool and silk
Dimensions Overall (Post-Conservation Treatment): 79 × 162 3/4 inches (200.7 cm × 4 m 13.4 cm)
Overall (Pre-Conservation Treatment): 83 × 167 inches (210.8 cm × 4 m 24.2 cm)
Credit Line Bequest of Eleanor Clay Ford
Accession Number 77.9
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
Not On View
Inscriptions Inscribed, near head of lady: Mout me plaist ce getil bouchage | le layme tant que ie nen hobbe | et bref pour faire bon mesnage | le ne veuil que ma garderobe
Inscribed, near head of knight: Bergerette plaisant et saige | metryez vous point sous vostre robe | ce que vous bailleray en gaige | afin que on ne le vous desrobe
ca. 1515-1530, possibly made for Françoise de Tournemine.
by 1889, Charles Mège (Paris, France).
(Raoul Heilbronner, Paris, France);
November 2, 1928, (French & Co., New York, New York, USA);
November 19, 1928, (Parish Watson & Co., New York, New York, USA);
Eleanor Clay Ford (Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, USA);
1977-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Migeon, Gaston. "Collection de M. Ch. Mège," Les Arts 8, no. 86 (February 1909): pp. 2-19, p. 2 (ill.).

Seventh Loan Exhibition: French Gothic Art of the Thirteenth to Fifteenth Century. Exh. cat., DIA. Detroit, 1928, unpaginated, no. 103. [see also, Weibel, Adele C. "Tapestries"].

Cavallo, Adolph Salvatore. "The Garden of Vanity: 'A Millefleurs' Tapestry," Bulletin of the DIA 57, no. 1 (1979): pp. 30-39 (ill.) [As "The Garden of Vanity"].

Cavallo, Adolph Salvatore. Medieval Tapestries in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1993, pp. 485-487 (ill.). [see no. 35].

Darr, Alan Phipps and Tracey Albainy. Woven Splendor: Five Centuries of European Tapestry at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Exh. cat., DIA. Detroit, 1996, pp. 4 (ill.), 13, 20-23, no. 2 (ill.).