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Tapestry - Africa

Africa

  • Object:

    Tapestry

  • Place of origin:

    France (designed)
    Aubusson (probably
    , woven)

  • Date:

    1855 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    de Lamornaix, Charles Sallandrouze (producer)
    Amedee, Jean-Baptiste (designed)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry woven in wool and silk on cotton

  • Museum number:

    T.208-1969

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Tapestry produced by Charles Sallandrouze de Lamornaix after a design by Jean-Baptiste Amedee Couder, Aubusson, France, 1855

The tapestry has been woven in wool, cotton and silk, and showes an allegory of 19th century Africa.It is filled with a trophy of a lion-skin draped over a shield with an elephant's tusk, spears, one of which pierces an exotic bird, a golden ewer, shells, a snake, an ostrich egg, feathers, jewels and a chain with open manacles.

Physical description

Tapestry woven in wool, cotton and silk, and showing an allegory of 19th century Africa. The tapestry is filled with a trophy of a lion-skin draped over a shield with an elephant's tusk, spears, one of which pierces an exotic bird, a golden ewer, shells, a snake, an ostrich egg, feathers, jewels and a chain with open manacles. Flanking the trophy are tall stems of corn and carved seated figures which are part of the architectural framework in terracotta covered with blue 'hieroglyphs' which form the border. The background is of a greenish-cream, and pale green and brown are the predominant colours. Woven in wool and silk on a cotton weft, 18 to 20 warp threads to the inch.

Place of Origin

France (designed)
Aubusson (probably
, woven)

Date

1855 (designed)

Artist/maker

de Lamornaix, Charles Sallandrouze (producer)
Amedee, Jean-Baptiste (designed)

Materials and Techniques

Tapestry woven in wool and silk on cotton

Dimensions

Width: 1425 mm top edge, Width: 1405 mm bottom edge, Weight: 14 kg, Length: 2915 mm proper right, Length: 2880 mm proper left

Object history note

From a set of continents. Identical with one of the four allegorical paintings in the Grand Staircase at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The paintings are unattributed.

Our records are informed by research done by Jean-Francois Luneau and Bruno Ythier - publication of their research is forthcoming.

Descriptive line

Tapestry, Africa, wool and silk on cotton, produced by Charles Sallandrouze de Lamornaix after a design by Jean-Baptiste Amedee Couder, Aubusson, France, 1855

Labels and date

'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

The Grand Staircase at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, is hung with four allegorical paintings of the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The latter two are identical in every detail with the tapestries of Africa and America shown here, except that they are in reverse, like cartoons for low-warp tapestry weaving. Unfortunately the paintings are unattributed and no-one knows even their date of acquisition. [1987-2006]

Materials

Wool and silk

Techniques

Weaving

Categories

Textiles; Tapestry; Wall coverings

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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