his 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 Belgian Verdure (Flemish) woven tapestry, 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. The fragments with a focal point such as that wonderful blue chalice are so hard to find! This is a nice center focus sized one 10.5" square (slightly more or less). It will will be just gorgeous accented there with perhaps antique metal (in gold) passsimenterie (trim), ribbon, something to add accent to the panel, which you really must set into a larger silk or silk velvet pillow front to show it off. I have made up many from this era, quite similar to this one and have sold so many fabulous panels to designers over the years. The group image shows some of my favorites I've held back. 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 a couple of easy to fix flaws, you can see them as open white spots that just need a needle and thread closing them from backside in the yarns - quite remarkable considering the age. The figure of a chalice 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 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 Flemish Tapestry Fragment, Panel, Chalice or Goblet & Leaves, 10.5" Sq. c.1600s
$372 $495 SALE