18th Century French Aubusson Verdure Tapestry with Birds and Castle
This large colorful tapestry was hand woven in Aubusson, France, circa 1760. The antique wall hanging piece with the original floral border depicts a traditional “Verdure” scene with birds, foliage and a casstle in the background. The lush, green composition features a pair of large birds on tall legs standing by a stream (probably bustards or waders from the ostrich family), two palm trees and two other tall heavy foliage trees with another bird sitting on a branch, and a castle in the background. The wide tapestry is in excellent condition commensurate with age and use, with fresh colors in the beige, blue and green palette. New canvas backing for protection and structure.
Aubusson, a town on the river Creuse in central France, became a center of tapestry manufacture in the 17th and 18th centuries during the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV; Aubusson became the source for the aristocracy, hence the typically monumental sizes of Aubusson rugs and tapestries. Employing a method known as “warping” and executed on a low horizontal loom, the weavers of Aubusson were able to create an illusion of depth in their works. Aubusson textiles are also usually identified by their stylized framing motifs and neoclassical themes.
Measures: 118.75” W x 91.5” H.
|Dimensions||118.75" W x 91.5" H|