Produced during the Louis XIV period, in the 1600’s, this colorful cartouche and trophy décor tapestry was hand-woven using wool and silk. Originally part of a much larger wall covering, the fragment has been placed over a linen backing and a navy-blue border now surrounds the scene.
The quality of the craftsmanship of the fragment is quite apparent. Vibrant gold, green and blue hues still shine brightly, which are offset by darker colors such as brown and deep red. If you look closely, you will see gradient colors being used to depict shadows and movement in clothing. The scene features a man with a walking stick in his hand talking to a woman standing behind a baluster railing. Both are clad in flowing garments, with the woman in blue and the man wearing a light pink tunic over gold pants. Trees surround the two and a tall building can be seen behind them in front of a blue sky dotted with fluffy white clouds.
Above the scene is a large, scrolled cartouche with olive branches flanking a blue oval medallion. The cartouche is further adorned with ribbons and a banner consisting of acanthus leaves. At the bottom of the tapestry is an equally impressive display of armaments flanked by a pair of dolphins with drapery in their mouths. A bright red cape is strewn on top of a sword with a twisted hilt and a large scutum that features a fleur de lys and winged cherub emblem emblazoned on top of the shield. In the front of the heap is a Roman praetorian helmet with a blue feathered crest. The area above the visor has another winged cherub and angel supporters.
At over 12 feet tall, our wool and silk tapestry fragment is quite eye-catching. The colors and size ensure that the wall covering would be the focal point of any room in which it is hung.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor wear and separation. Originally part of a large 17th century tapestry, this fragment has been fully lined on a linen backing and a navy-blue border was added around the scene. Professionally restored recently.