ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART II
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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31. 
aubusson
france
louis philippe period
circa 1840
405 x 365 cm (13'4" x 12')


Notes: weft faced plain weave in wool on wool warps
Aubusson carpets that were made after the Restoration distinguish themselves by a more delicate use of colour, centred around pastel shades, and by the employment of architectural motifs often inspired by the ceiling decorations of the palaces from the Louis XIV - Louis XVI period. This refined example is characterised by a large eight-pointed star motif contained within an archictectural style roundel. The square format and the symmetry of the composition remind us of the Aubussons from the neoclassical period, while the complex ornamental motifs are similar to those found on the seldom seen carpets of the prestigious Sallandrouze de la Mornaix workshop.
Bibliography: S.B. Sherrill, Carpets and Rugs of Europe and America (New York, 1995), plate 116: 107.

 



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