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Tapestry

  • Place of origin:

    Edinburgh (made)

  • Date:

    1974 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Peach Gence, Sevil, born 1949 (designer)
    Brennan, Archie (weaver)
    Dovecot Studios (weaver)
    Edinburgh Tapestry Company Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry woven in wool on cotton warp, woven-in suede

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Intercontinental Hotel

  • Museum number:

    T.647:1 to 7-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This tapestry was designed by the interior architect Sevil Peach Gence for the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel Hyde Park, as part of an interior and architectural project, carried out by Frederick Gibberd Architects. Although it is large, much of the impact of the piece derives from its innovative use of materials to create contrasting textures.
The weaver Archie Brennan worked from an original drawing as well as a full size sample, hand-woven with the combination of padded leather and suede, by the designer.
The experimental aspect of the piece with contrasting textures and split pieces was originated by the designer, with unusual touches such as the untreated wool by Archie Brennan, which can be seen at the head of each strip. The suede strips that form large blocks of colour were padded behind to increase the sculptural quality of the work.

Physical description

Tapestry woven in wool (mostly undyed) with cotton warps, with some woven-in pockets and panels of suede stitched in place and stuffed. Woven in seven separate sections and later stitched together.

Place of Origin

Edinburgh (made)

Date

1974 (made)

Artist/maker

Peach Gence, Sevil, born 1949 (designer)
Brennan, Archie (weaver)
Dovecot Studios (weaver)
Edinburgh Tapestry Company Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Tapestry woven in wool on cotton warp, woven-in suede

Dimensions

Width: 683 cm, Height: 314 cm

Object history note

This tapestry was designed by the interior architect Sevil Peach Gence for the lobby of the Inter-Continental Hotel at Hyde Park Corner, London. The tapestry was installed as part of an interior and architectural project undertaken by the architects Frederick Gibberd for whom Peach Gence then worked. The shapes and forms of the tapestry reflected the two decorative walls at the main entrance stair of the Intercontinental Hotel, also designed by Sevil Peach Gence. It appears that the tapestry was also displayed on the staircase in the ballroom of the hotel before coming to the V&A.

Registered File number 1994/1242.

Descriptive line

Tapestry woven in wool, in seven sections, designed by Sevil Peach Gence, woven by Archie Brennan, Dovecot Studios, the Edinburgh Tapestry Company, Edinburgh, 1974

Production Note

Not clear whether Archie Brennan was the Director of weaving, or sole weaver on this project
Made for the Inter-Continental Hotel, London.

Materials

Wool yarn; Cotton yarn; Suede

Techniques

Tapestry; Stuffing; Stitching

Categories

Tapestry; Textiles; Scotland

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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