An 18th Century Aubusson Tapestry Landscape with oriental pavilion and birds
Wool and silk
89 x 88 in. (226 x 224 cm.)
Provenance: Formerly the property of Mademoiselle Fleur Champin (1837 - 1918)
This expansive and handsome tapestry was handwoven in the city of Aubusson, France, circa 1750. With its chinoiserie motifs and fascination with the orient, it displays a beautiful and tranquil landscape with exotic birds in the foreground and a pavilion overlooking a lake beneath. The wall hanging tapestry with its original border, is in good condition and has rich colours in the soft blue, beige and green palette. The Aubusson tapestry manufacture of the 17th and 18th century managed to compete with the royal manufacture of Gobelins tapestry and the privileged position of Beauvais tapestry. Tapestry manufacture at Aubusson, in the upper valley of the Creuse in central France, may have developed from looms in isolated family workshops established by Flemings that are noted in documents from the 16th century. Typically, Aubusson tapestries depended on engravings as a design source or the full-scale cartoons from which the low-warp tapestry-weavers worked. As with Flemish and Parisian tapestries of the same time, figures were set against a conventional background of verdure, stylized foliage and vignettes of plants on which birds perch and from which issue glimpses of towers and towns.