Fine 16th Century Brussels Tapestry, Light Blue, Green, Ivory Silk For Sale
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Fine 16th Century Brussels Tapestry, Light Blue, Green, Ivory Silk


Tapestries were ubiquitous in the castles and churches of the late medieval and Renaissance eras. At a practical level, they provided a form of insulation and decoration that could be easily transported. In addition, the process of tapestry weaving, where every stitch is placed by hand, enabled the creation of complex figurative images on an enormous scale. Many medieval tapestries measure as much as 5 x 10 yards and sets could include ten or more pieces. While much production was relatively coarse, intended for decorative purposes, wealthy patrons could commission designs whose subjects embodied celebratory or propagandistic themes. Enriched with silk and gilt metallic thread, such tapestries were a central component of the ostentatious magnificence used by powerful secular and religious rulers to broadcast their wealth and might. Workshops producing simple, small-scale figurative tapestries probably existed throughout early medieval Europe, much as they were to continue along the Rhine and in the Swiss cantons well into the 16th century (A Fabulous Beast, 1990.211). From the early 14th century, a more sizable industry capable of producing a steady volume of large, high-quality tapestries took root in the towns of northern France and the southern Netherlands. This development was stimulated by the availability of skilled weavers and dyers associated with the cloth trade, by the existence of local guilds that supported and encouraged the development of this nascent industry, and by the commissions of local patrons. By the mid-fifteenth century, numerous tapestry workshops existed in the Low Countries in towns such as Arras, Tournai, Lille, and Brussels. From these centers, tapestries were exported throughout Europe. This is a Great Example of a 16th century Brussels Tapestry. Size: 7'10" (H) x10'7" (W).


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    H 94 in. x W 127 in. x D 1 in.

    H 238.76 cm x W 322.58 cm x D 2.54 cm

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    New York, NY
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    IR339 Chaman Antique Rug Gallery
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