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  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1878 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gobelins (manufactured)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    tapestry woven in wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by His Excellency Monsieur Bardoux, Ministre de L'instruction Publique, des Cultes, et des Beaux Arts

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Gobelins Manufactory was founded in Paris in 1662, assembling numerous different workshops under one roof, its sole purpose to supply Louis XIV's palaces. Along with Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Louis XIV's Minister of Finance, the King began a sustained campaign to elevate the standards of luxury goods produced in France and eliminate imports. Having centralised the site of production, the very best artists and craftsmen were then sourced from across Europe to provide the manufactory with the sound foundation it needed to supplant its foreign competitors. The name Gobelins has since become synonymous with high-warp tapestries.

This tapestry sample is one of eight pieces worked by pupils of the National Manufactory of the Gobelins in 1878. They were presented to the V&A Museum by the French Minister for State Education, to demonstrate the continued skill of the celebrated French workshop.

Physical description

Tapestry sample, woven with coloured worsteds on string warps, depicting a nude female figure, raising her right arm.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1878 (made)


Gobelins (manufactured)

Materials and Techniques

tapestry woven in wool

Marks and inscriptions

The letter 'G' (for Gobelins) woven in the bottom centre. Coronet and letters 'VR' (Victoria Regina) with a rose, shamrock and thistle, woven in the top centre.


Height: 84 cm, Width: 72 cm

Descriptive line

Tapestry sample depicting a nude female figure, made by Gobelins, France (Paris), 1878


Wool; String



Subjects depicted

Women; Figures


Textiles; Tapestry


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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