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[[underline]]C O P Y[[/underline]]
 
7 East 70th Street
New York 21
November 27,1947

Dear Mr. Godwin
   
I have in my files records of eleven pieces of the [[underline]Vendanges[[/underline]] series to which, I presume, the pieces that you mention in your letter of November twenty-first belong. Four are only small fragments, one was in the Maciet bequest to the Paris Musee des Arts Decoratifs; another belongs to the Cluny; the finest was, and probably still is, in the possession of Germain Seligman. Another in the French loancollection now in the Metropolitan may be a twelfth, but I have not yet had time to check that material. The Seligman piece[[strikethrough]]s[[/strikethrough]], which was formerly in the Aynard collection, is in good condition for an example of the period and is a very fine thing.  Most of the others, including those in the Paris museums, are in very bad c ndition. But it is a splendid series, a fine illustration of the life and costumes of the time, and excellent decoration in a fine version of the fifteenth century tapestry style.

It has, however, nothing whatever to do with Beaune or Burgundy but is purely, typically of the school of Tournai and can be attributed to Christopher LeMaire from an inscription on the Musee des Arts Decoratifs piece. It is discussed in my publication of the Rockefeller-McCormick tapestries, p. 11, Pls. 28,28A. The set dates from round 1480.

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Sincerely,
(Signed) Phyllis Ackerman
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