17th Century Wool and Silk Antique French Tapestry 70856
Stunning 17th Century Wool and Silk Antique French Tapestry, Country of Origin: France, Circa Date: 17th Century – This exquisite wool and silk French tapestry from the 17th century is an excellent example of the quality that was being created by the French tapestry weavers of that time. This wool and silk tapestry holds a special place in history and is in excellent condition for a piece of this age. The scene is like looking back in time at a moment that was captured by the artist. This hunting scene is like a snapshot of daily life in 17th century France.
Until the 17th century, Belgium was the main source of tapestries that were made to suit nobility and wealthier clientele. The Flemish tapestries established a style known as “Verdure”, which references the abundant use of green in scenes that were overflowing with plant life. When King Henry IV decided to establish weaving centers in France, he had Flemish weavers come to aid in their establishment and teach the art form.
In the beginning, many of the early French tapestries closely resembled the Flemish tapestries, but as time went on, the French developed an easily distinguishable style. The subjects were often scenes of ordinary life. French tapestries focused on the fine details and often had a formal manor house or castle in the distance.
The French tapestries took cues from painters of the time, using perspective to give the piece a three-dimensional effect. They continued to depict abundant plant life, but the focus shifted to the scenery and people as subjects. As the focus of the scene comes closer to the viewer, you can distinguish fine details that give it a realistic look. For instance, you can easily distinguish the plant life so vividly that you could identify them. You can see the realistic draping of the cloth in this scene that is filled with images of abundance.
It is not unusual to find figures from Greek mythology in French tapestries. The ladies in the borders are in the Greek style, and you might notice Pan watching over this garden of delights. This tapestry would be an excellent addition to any collection and is an important historical piece. French tapestries are the perfect addition to décor styles that feature garden settings and the natural world. It will make an elegant, formal statement in any room.