Learn about Aubusson Tapestries

Aubusson tapestries originated between the towns of Clermont-Ferrand and Limoges in a group of French tapestry workshops that developed from the 14th century, created by the arrival of weavers from Flanders. The finest and most famous tapestries were decorated with illustrations drawn from the fables of French poet Jean de La Fontaine, from historical etchings and of seascapes from the school of painter Claude Joseph Vernet. In the 19th century production of tapestries in the 17th and 18th century style restarted. In 1939 a new production unit opened, with the patterns based on designs provided by contemporary artists such as Salvadore Dali, Jean Lurcat, Lucien Coutaud, Raoul Dufy, Pablo Picasso, and Marc Saint Saens. The British artist, Graham Sutherland, designed an Aubusson tapestry for Coventry Cathedral, which at the time was the world's largest vertical tapestry. The Aubusson tapestry workshops continue operating to the present time, and in 2009 were placed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
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A French Aubusson wall tapestry, 18th century in muted tones, the shaped central cartouche with a floral bouquet motif within a flourished border, with foliate and scroll patterns, (some losses), 378 x 330 cm

Tapestry: Flemish Aubusson wall tapestry of dancing peasants. 155 x 228 cm

Mathieu Mategot (Hungarian/French, 1910 - 2001), 'Cinnabar' tapestry manufactured by Les Ateliers Pinton Freres, tapestry workshop, Aubusson, France, woven artist's signature lower right, decal label to reverse beneath dust protector. Height 152 cm, width

Vintage French Aubusson tapestry, decorated with vases of flowers and chains of ribbons, 200 x 127 cm

An Aubusson verdure tapestry, French, 17th century, ducks and water fowl on a lake in a landscape; 286 cm high, 360 cm wide. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney

A large Aubusson woven allegorical wall tapestry depicting Moses and the golden calf, 17th century signed M.R.D Aubusson border has been cut down with visible signs of restoration 283 x 429 cm

A French replica tapestry, machine woven Aubusson verdure style tapestry depicting an 18th century hunting scene with horsemen and dogs surrounding a stag. Height 104 cm. Width 151 cm

A large Aubusson woven wall, tapestry 18th century, the fantastical scene of a mountainous cityscape with a large cenotaph displayed, surrounded by exotic flora and fauna, woven in wool and silk, 280 cm x 300 cm.

A French Aubusson tapestry, 20th century, the red and cream border encompassing a central cartouche of scrolling vines and flower head medallions. Length 296 cm. Width 249 cm.

A French Aubusson tapestry, 20th century, set to the centre with maiden and her lady in waiting exiting from a tent in the forest flanked by a unicorn and a lion. Label to the rear, with steel rod. Height 129 cm. Width 153 cm.

A French Aubusson tapestry, 20th century, set to the centre with a pair of maidens at a loom in the forest flanked by a unicorn and a lion against a red ground. Label to the rear, with steel rod. Height 129 cm. Width 154 cm.

A large early 18th century Aubusson verdure tapestry, with exotic waterbirds in a richly flowering wooded landscape with glimpses of provincial estates, rivers and bridges. Width 497 cm. Height 285 cm

A French 18th century Aubusson tapestry, depicting a temple within a wooded scene, lacking borders at each end. Width 355 cm. Height 260 cm

A French 18th century Aubusson tapestry, depicting birds of prey attacking a hare, within a townscape, signed to the bottom Daubsson-Dessart, some restorations. Width 247 cm. Height 190 cm

A French 18th century Aubusson tapestry, depicting two working cherubs within a wooded landscape. Width 236 cm. Height 270 cm

A French early 18th century Aubusson tapestry, depicting a village scene with maids and servants in background, lacking borders. Width 275 cm. Height 166 cm

A French early 18th century Aubusson Verdure tapestry, depicting a hunter with his dog within a wooded scene, restorations, lacking borders at each end. Width 330 cm. Height 200 cm

A French 18th century Aubusson tapestry, depicting seated children playing with a bird in a cage, within a typical wooded landscape. Width 197 cm. Height 232 cm

Impressive Aubusson tapestry, of rectangular form depicting a scene of Alexander the great at the gates of Babylon, woven in shades of blue, yellow and brown, with a border of musical instruments, drums, armour, flags and foliage 465 x 260 cm.

18th century Aubusson tapestry panel, depicting a classical scene the victor with battle sword raised over the vanquished, in a rustic setting. Width 144 cm. Height 220 cm

A French Aubusson style tapestry, woven with an ornate scrolling foliate and floriate pattern in tones of cream, green and brown, 273 x 184 cm

A quilt-work table cover, circa 1900, a small quilt-work sampler and a French Aubusson tapestry fragment, 18th century

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