Working through loads of needlework and old woven Aubusson, Flemish, Verdure, Gobelin tapestry fragments and salvages which I once thought I'd make up into those lush fringed and down-filled decorator pillows we used to sell. I've collected these for decades while out buying antiques - just the best and most appealing panels, but it's time to disburse and let you make them up for your home or business.
This offering is spectacular - early 17th century and would have been salvaged from the border of a massive wall tapestry of finest quality. Each of the 2 panels features an urn with floral arrangement, the yarn colors are fabulous, and not much faded from original (see back). The weave on these is very fine, yarns fine and of top quality in its time. The old tapestries often took years to complete, workers using many bobbins of colored fine wool and silk yarn and working a single color alternating. Looking at the backsides, you see how exquisitely fine the work is. A Master tapestry weaver and studio at work.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, these were panels I chose for my own home and simply hadn't made them up yet. They do not have restorations, nor really the need of it. One is 28" long and the other 30" long, and they're each 14 1/2" in width. No odor, and very complete as you see them. One might wish to frame these 2 as wall art. If you intend to make into pillow tops, please use a backing to avoid undue stress on the panels and you'll love them forever. Imagine widening to the sides with a complimenting color in heavy silk or velvet (matched to the back of pillow) and lavish fringe, perhaps antique metallic thread passementerie fringe, or just tassels at corners. Made up, pillows from these 2 panels would be in the $4k to $6k range, the pair. We've sold similar in the past.