Mid-18th Century French Handwoven Mythological Aubusson Tapestry
Decorate a wall or a staircase with this antique tapestry fragment with Classical Roman scene. Handwoven in the Royal Manufacture of Aubusson, France, circa 1740, the colorful wall piece features a mythological scene embellished with drapery decor. The subject composition depicts a sovereign in front of his castle greeting his chief soldier with other centurions around, including a dog and a horse. The top is decorated with floral swags and dripping tassels. Overall, the tapestry is in excellent condition commensurate with age and use, and a canvas was added in the back for better preservation. The almost square composition flaunts rich colors in the beige, orange, blue, green and red palette. 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: 65.5″W x 68.75″H.
|Dimensions||65.5 × .5 × 68.75 in|