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
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
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, 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.
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.
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