12:51PM, Tuesday 24 September 2013
A rare gold medal winning Royal Windsor tapestry dating back to 1878 is to be auctioned at Christie's auction house.
The tapestry was designed by T.W Hay and depicts Anne Page and Fenton standing in a wooded landscape within a border of turquoise panels filled with stylised plants.
Featuring in the design behind them is the tower of the old church of Eton while in front of them a rabbit leaps away into the flowers and undergrowth of Windsor Forest.
Christie's has placed a guide auction price of £6,000-10,000 on the 74 by 84 inch textile art that was part of the Merry Wives of Windsor series.
It is the fifth in a series of eight tapestry panels, which formed part of gold-winning exhibits at The Paris Exhibition of 1878.
The auction will take place in Old Brompton Road, London on Tuesday, October 1.
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