A beautiful mademoiselle in a portrait medallion adorns this tapestry pane. It originates from the south of France and dates circa 1880.
The panel is worked in large stitches for the background and micro stitches for the portrait. The background field is exuberant with large crimson stylized arabesque leaves, deep blue green leaves, mustard gold leaves and blue and yellow forget me nots. There are two magnificent griffin sit on a large pedestal, looking up at the beautiful young lady. (In heraldry, the griffin's amalgamation of lion and eagle gives it both courage and boldness. It is used to denote strength and military courage and leadership.) The pedestal continues, supporting an oval frame which appears as a mirror.
Reflected in the mirror is a beautiful fair young lady. The tiny stitches give life like texture to her skin. Her eyes have a reflective appearance; her rose pink lips have a slight smile. Her blonde hair is pulled back and a braided wreath in French blue forms a crown reminiscent of the Napoleonic crown. Her dress is French blue and she wears a creme colored shawl draped across her shoulders.
The tapestry is especially interesting on the back; displaying the many thousands of stitches (worked in wool and cotton thread). The rich colors are the result of natural dyes which give an overall richness to the design. The tapestry measures: 32" x 27". It is in very good antique condition : please study the photos as they are the best witness to the condition.
It is a magnificent textile work which has retained the original design and luxurious colors.
Large Antique 19th Century Tapestry Panel with Portrait Medallion