Beautiful Antique 19th Century (Mid Victorian) French Tapestry.."Jeanne Hachette" c 1850.
This truly stunning mid Victorian era French tapestry was completely hand stitched in Needle point and Petit point.
It depicts a young woman, emerging triumphantly through an archway. She is surrounded by banners and a shield.
It is worked in a palette of stunning muted shades of pinks, browns, rust and cream hand dyed wool and the beautiful tonally muted colors bring a real richness to the work.
The quality of the stitching is stunning. Petit point is an ancient tradition made popular by Madam de Maintenant..the mistress to the French King Louis XIV..who started a needlework school for young ladies, and the ability to work the St Cyr stitch became an integral part of a young girls education.
The Tapestry was made to celebrate the life and triumph of the French maid Jeanne Hatchette, who history records as saving the French city of Beauvais in 1472.
The design is modeled on the bronze statue by Gabriel Vital-Debray, celebrating her victory, erected in the town square of Beauvais in 1851.
Born Jeanne Laisne in 1456 she was only 16 when she prevented the capture of Beauvais by the Duke of Burgundy and his troops. One of his men had planted their flag on the ramparts of the city and Jeanne, axe in hand, threw herself onto him. She tossed him in the river and tore down the flag, reviving the flagging courage of the garrison troops, and saving the city...earning her the name Jeanne 'Hachette' (Hatchet)...'Wikipaedia'
Beauvais is also famed for it's mechanical Tapestries and has produced many fine works..but this is not a Beauvais factory made tapestry..but is completely worked by an un-named hand to celebrate the erecting of the statue.
Worked in wool in a mix of Antique pink and brown shades, highlighted with rust and cream..it is a very arresting testament to her bravery and a beautiful piece of workmanship. The detailing of her face is exquisite.
With her name in the title banner (spelt the Celtic way) there is no artist signature (to be expected).
The tapestry is in very good solid condition with no holes or missing threads.
Measuring a huge 20" x 48", it is in over-all very fine Antique condition with only a few small stitch losses to the right centre edge (under the frame).
It was discovered nailed to two old pieces of very old timber and has been sensitively rehoused in a beautiful carved harmonious frame (without glass but with a support verso).
I would love to ship in the frame, but cannot guarrrantee a safe arrival. So will remove it and ship in tissue carefully rolled.
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