This is from my private stash. I'm disbursing panels I just am never going to get to make up in to those lush opulent down-filled throw pillows I love. YOU get to do it, instead.
A superb c.1600s to earliest 1700s French Gobelin (or possibly Flemish) woven tapestry, the upper right corner of an outer border salvaged from a much larger wall tapestry, but very interesting subject-wise and also plenty to stitch to a lush velvet or silk panel and then work up as front to a lavishly fringed pillow. Figural fragments are so hard to find! This is a nice larger one 15" x 14" outer, but the fact that it is a corner leaves that open space. Interesting, and will be just gorgeous accented there with perhaps antique metal (in gold) passsimenterie (trim), ribbon, something to add accent to that angle. I have made up many from this era, quite similar to this one and have shown at least one in that l group image so you can see how mine turned out. I've loved them for decades. I have a couple of bolster-sized long panels made up for my window seat and meant to make this one up to go along there, but just am not going to get to it. Your gain! My loss.
Very good to excellent for age and type. The linen canvas warp is strong. There are really very few flaws, quite remarkable considering the age. The figure is wonderful! The yarns used are all hand spun and hand dyed, palette range is fabulous and still vibrant. I have shown the backside so you can see the work, original unfaded colors, not so much different than the front side. There is one spot lower right edging that needs to be stitched - it isn't torn, isn't a split, seems to just be 2 weaving edges that leave a split about 1.75" in from edge. Just a needle and thread. There are a few spots I can tell have been worked by way of holding small splits together, but it is not a tattered panel and is very suitable for a pillow top. You'll have to adapt that indented part - this was an upper right corner border, I have been bedazzled enough not to notice anything that would prevent me making this into a superb down-filled throw pillow except the time to do it. You please look closely at the photos just in case. It has no visible moth or insect damage or loss. Measurements also appear on the photos. Lies very flat, will be lightly rolled with archival tissue for shipment.
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Antique c.1700s French Gobelin Tapestry Fragment, Figural, Putti, 15" x 14" Corner Salvaged Panel
$837 $1,195 SALE