The gift of Frederick W. Schumacher (b. September 13, 1863 – d. June 4, 1957) Dedicated Sunday November 5th, 1933

Woven in 1575 by Franz Geubels (1540-1590), Brusels, after the cartoons of Raphael. Photo Credit: Peter John Gates, London, England 1989

Brussels Tapestries Woven in 1575 Given First Congregational

The Columbus Evening Dispatch November 10, 1933; page 8

To Brussels tapestries woven in 1575 by Franz Geubels have been presented to the First Congregational Church by Frederick W. Schumacher, 750 E. Broad Street, art collector, and will be formally accepted by Dr. M. H. Lichliter for the church Sunday morning.

The tapestries, representing themes from Genesis, are hung in the east and west transepts of the church. The theme of the tapestry in the west transept is taken from Genesis 23, the story of Abraham‘s purchase of the cave of Machpelah from Ephron the son of Zohar. Abraham is seen paying the purchase money into the hands of Ephron, and at the left, one sees the cave, the burial place of Sarah near the oak of Mamre .

The story of the tapestry in the east transept is derived from Genesis 24. Abraham is sending his trusted servant to find a wife for Isaac. The servant kneels, swearing his oath of fealty, in the oriental manor, his hand under Abraham’s thigh. Isaac stands behind his father – eager to be on his way. At the left we see the camels ready for the eventful journey.  

Geubels, the weaver, was one of the most prominent tapissiers of Brussels. His monogram is in the lower right-hand corner of the two works.

The tapestry, for a number of years, were in the palace of Baron von Tuchers, former German ambassador to Rome, Paris and Vienna.

Mr. Schumacher, widely known as an art collector, had been attempting to secure the tapestries for three years before he was finally successful. His transactions for them were completed during his recent visit to Munich.  

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