17th-Century Aubusson-Style French Tapestry
17th-Century Aubusson-Style French Tapestry 17th-Century Aubusson-Style French Tapestry 17th-Century Aubusson-Style French Tapestry 17th-Century Aubusson-Style French Tapestry 17th-Century Aubusson-Style French Tapestry 17th-Century Aubusson-Style French Tapestry
17th-Century Aubusson-Style French Tapestry

17th-Century Aubusson-Style French Tapestry

  • This remarkable 17th-century French tapestry is believed to be the work of Aubusson masters
  • The ancient Roman theme depicted is that of the general Coriolanus of Shakespeare-fame
  • Aubusson tapestries of this quality were made available only to the most wealthy
  • This tapestry retains an incredible level of condition considering its 400-year age
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Item No. 30-9005
$128,500
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This extraordinary French tapestry bears the hallmarks of superior workmanship that are synonymous with the tapestries of Aubusson. The scene it depicts is believed to be that of the famed Roman general Coriolanus, the subject of one of William Shakespeare's last and most notable plays by the same name. Aubusson, renowned for its hand-woven carpets, created fine tapestries such as this to adorn noble and royal residences. Comprising such sophisticated craftsmanship, this tapestry would most certainly have been commissioned for a noble estate for they proved to be very costly to produce and were available only to France’s wealthy elite. Long recognized for their superb weavings, Aubusson tapestries are difficult to find in such wonderful condition.

For centuries, the town of Aubusson has been famous for the manufacture of superior tapestries and carpets. Aubusson weavers worked independently until 1743 when royal workshops were established to manufacture their textiles primarily for the nobility and royal residences. In 1869, Aubusson founded a National School of Decorative Arts to maintain the manufactory’s high standards of hand looming, which remain the principal occupation of the town even today. Aubusson tapestries can be found in museums, castles and churches throughout France as well as in most major museums in the United States and Great Britain.

17th century

153” wide x 128” high
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Period: 17th Century
Origin:France
Type:Tapestries/Textiles
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