While I was back in Pennsylvania
for the holidays,
my mother took me to
an amazing antique shop
in Pittsburgh called
They have over 300,000 square feet
of space filled with
phenomenal imported antiques
My most favorite.
|Close-up of an antique woven fragment.|
|Lee Jofa tapestry fabric.|
Verdure tapestries date back to the sixteenth century.
The word "verdure" is a derivative
of the French word "vert" meaning green.
Initially, these mostly green tapestries
were characterized not only by their green tones,
but also by their complex foliage, leafy trees,
and flower motifs. Later pieces included additional
objects such as woodland animals
and architectural features such as castles, bridges, etc.
Woven works of art.
|Lee Jofa and Scalamandre have fabrics that resemble verdure tapestries.|
|This is a tapestry cartoon hanging in my living room|
from the archives of the Aubusson factory in France.
|My husband and I found it in Paris and had it framed a few years back|
during a trip to Paris. Link to Dealer
Cartoons are life-size renderings done on canvas or paper
that a tapestry weaver uses as a guide. These paintings were created
by an artist (or cartonnier) and then taken to the tapestry client
for approval before the weaving can begin.
|(Top of a carved bench at Artifacts) Please stop by Artifacts in Pittsburgh if you ever get the chance.|
It is a phenomenal shop that is packed with museum-quality furnishings. Not to be missed!
Do you have any
tapestry pieces in your home?
GIVEAWAY COMING SOON!
Stop back later this week
to enter a giveaway for an antique transferware
platter and more! A collection put together
especially for YOU, my friends and followers
who mean so much to me.