18th Century Gobelin Tapestry Pillow Depicting Scrolls and Stylized Foliage

(France, 18th Century)

18th Century Gobelin Tapestry Pillow Depicting Scrolls and Stylized Foliage
164 Windy Row
Peterborough, NH, 03458
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18th Century Gobelin Tapestry Pillow Depicting Scrolls and Stylized Foliage

List Price $1,550

A finely wool woven 18th century French Gobelin tapestry pillow depicting scrolls and stylized foliage in rich warm earth tones on macadamia cream colored silk velvet. Edged in a silver and gold galon trim with a design that echoes the tapestry scrolls, finished with a gold metallic cording from France, down insert. (3 available)

WIDTH: 22½ in | HEIGHT: 16½ in

Origin France
Category Pillows
Period 18th Century
Style Unspecified
ConditionVery good

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CONDITION: One pillow has a tiny hole near the bottom but blends in, something that is consistent with age.

THB REF: 2771834431 DEALER REF: 17F5


"“The Gobelins were a family of dyers who, in the middle of the 15th century, established themselves in the Faubourg Saint-Marcel, Paris on the banks of the Bièvre. In 1602, Henry IV of France rented factory space for his Flemish tapestry makers on the current location of the Gobelins Manufactory adjoining the Bièvre river. In 1662 the works in the Faubourg Saint Marcel, with the adjoining grounds, were purchased by Jean-Baptiste Colbert on behalf of Louis XIV and made into a general upholstery factory, in which designs both in tapestry and in all kinds of furniture were executed under the superintendence of the royal painter, Charles Le Brun, who served as director and chief designer from 1663-1690. On account of Louis XIV's financial problems, the establishment was closed in 1694, but reopened in 1697 for the manufacture of tapestry, chiefly for royal use. It rivaled the Beauvais tapestry works until the French Revolution, when work at the factory was suspended. Tapestries are still produced today out of Gobelin Manufactory on a limited basis for government buildings. “