A Handbook to the Loan Exhibition of French Tapestries: Mediaeval, Renaissance and Modern, from the Public and Private Collections of France

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VARIOUS FRENCH ATELIERS XV CENTURY

Throughout the fifteenth century there were weavers of tapestry in many a French town which could not be considered a center of the art; perhaps there were itinerant weavers also. As little is known of the majority of French ateliers of this period, it is difficult to attribute many tapestries of that day to a specific workshop or town.

31-42. ARMORIAL TAPESTRIES OF THE CHANCELLOR ROLIN. Hôtel-Dieu, Beaune Wool. Each about 8 feet 7 inches × 5 feet 10 inches

The series of tapestries to which this group belongs (thirty of them are still extant) was ordered about 1450 by Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor of Burgundy, and his wife, Guigone de Salins, for use on solemn feast days as bed screens for the sick in the Hôtel-Dieu which they had founded at Beaune. Scattered on the soft red ground of the tapestries are turtledoves, stars, the interlaced ciphers of Nicolas and his wife, their motto, Seulle, and their coat of arms.

43. THE MIRACLE OF SAINT QUENTIN. The Louvre, Paris Wool and silk. 7 feet 10 inches × 23 feet 11 inches

This fragment illustrates the legend of Saint Quentin and the thief which is told in verse on the lower border of the tapestry. LEFT TO RIGHT: A thief steals a priest's horse from its stable; the priest, having been informed of the robbery by a child, takes his complaint to a magistrate, who is accompanied by a sergeant and a man-at- arms; the sergeant and two men pursue the thief, catch him, and bring him before the court; but the priest, on his knees, begs forgiveness for the malefactor. His request refused, he prays for aid before the reliquary of Saint Quentin. When the thief is led to the gallows and hanged, a miracle occurs: The rope breaks, and the thief falls to the ground. In the last scene the thief is on his knees giving thanks before the relics of the saint.

44. THE WINGED STAGS. Museum of Antiquities, Rouen Wool and silk. 11 feet 2 inches × 12 feet 2 inches

This remarkable tapestry displays the arms, emblems, and

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A Handbook to the Loan Exhibition of French Tapestries: Mediaeval, Renaissance and Modern, from the Public and Private Collections of France
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • A Message from France ii
  • Preface iii
  • Introduction v
  • Paris, XIV Century 1
  • Arras, XV Century 6
  • Various French Ateliers XV Century 9
  • Works Ascribed to Ateliers of the Loire, About 1500 15
  • The XVI Century 21
  • The First Half of the XVII Century 25
  • The Gobelins Factory 1650-1700 28
  • The Beauvais and Gobelins Factories, About 1700 34
  • The XVIII Century 37
  • Modern Tapestries 41
  • General Bibliography 48
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