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Table cover

  • Place of origin:

    Northern Netherlands (According to archival sources, tapestry woven furnishings were made in Delft, Gouda and Schoonhoven. The assumption that Delft was an important centre for them is supported by depictions of such tapestries in paintings - 6 of the 9 artists who put such tapestry work into their paintings spent much of their working lives in Delft or neighbouring towns (Hartkamp-Jonxis and Smit), made)

  • Date:

    1620-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry woven in wool

  • Museum number:

    T.279-1927

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 7, The Sheikha Amna Bint Mohammed Al Thani Gallery, case WN

During the increasing prosperity of the Northern Netherlands in the 17th century a demand grew for floral tapestry-woven furnishings, their design strongly influenced by Dutch flower paintings. The furnishings included table covers, upholstery for chairs, loose cushion covers, and valances to hang above fireplaces, or on beds, together with bed covers. Sometimes a table carpet and upholstered furniture had matching patterns. The table carpet would be removed before the table was used for dining.

These Dutch tapestry furnishings characteristically include the blooms of flowering bulbs which were so popular in that period.

Physical description

Design of abundant flowers and fruit. Centre field with dark brown/black ground; deep border with pale pink ground, and grotesque masks on each side.

Place of Origin

Northern Netherlands (According to archival sources, tapestry woven furnishings were made in Delft, Gouda and Schoonhoven. The assumption that Delft was an important centre for them is supported by depictions of such tapestries in paintings - 6 of the 9 artists who put such tapestry work into their paintings spent much of their working lives in Delft or neighbouring towns (Hartkamp-Jonxis and Smit), made)

Date

1620-1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Tapestry woven in wool

Dimensions

Height: 1540 mm, Width: 2370 mm

Object history note

Purchased from private collection in England.

Descriptive line

Tapestry woven, Dutch, 1620-50, floral

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

See : European Tapestries in the Rijksmuseum, by Ebeltje Hartkamp-Jonxis and Hille Smit, 2004 : chapter on Dutch table carpets.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, catalogue : Geweven Boeket, 20 Nov 1971 - 30 Jan 1972. The V&A carpet is closest in style to cat. no. 52, which has similar grotesque masks and dense flowers and fruit. That is in a private collection.

Labels and date

Table cover
1620-50

Carpets like this were made to decorate the tops of tables. Examples with floral designs influenced by Dutch flower paintings became increasingly popular during the 17th century. Matching table covers, cushions and bed-hangings were used to create rich, unified interior schemes.

Dutch Republic, now the Netherlands

Wool, tapestry woven [09.12.2015]

Techniques

Tapestry weaving

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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