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18th Century French Abusson Tapestry

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A luxurious 18th century Aubusson tapestry, depicting a rural landscape in which three shepherds watch helplessly as one of their lambs is carried off by an opportunistic wolf. Hand-woven in wool, in predominantly green and cream hues with a border on all sides, this antique wall hanging is an excellent example of an Aubusson tapestry, steeped in themes of a pastoral nature, and brimmingwith dense foliage, flora, fauna and whimsical architecture. The small French town of Aubusson, on the River Creuse, is famed for its tradition of weaving elegantly elaborate tapestries. They often depicted romantic pastoral, historic or architectural scenes and were particularly noted for their compositions of garlands and bouquets, becoming famous and sought after throughout Europe. In 1665, the weavers of Aubusson were granted the title of “Royal Manufacturer”, and received commisions from Louis XV, Louis XVI and Napoleon I. A 1786 inventory lists more than one hundred Aubusson carpets at the palace of Versailles and a 1789 inventory of all royal palaces describes a great many more.
  • Attributed to:
    Aubusson Manufacture (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 102.37 in (260 cm)Width: 108.27 in (275 cm)Depth: 0.4 in (1 cm)
  • Style:
    Louis XV (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1750
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Seller Location:
    LA CIOTAT, FR
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU6419228740252
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