Aubusson Historical Tapestry
Mid to late 17th century, depicting Helena (mother of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great) on one of her many pilgrimages, wool with silk accents, later binding and backing, 7 ft. 3 in. x 7 ft. 6 in.;
lot accompanied with copy of 2005 receipt for $40,000 from Loom and Weave, New York, New York
Provenance: Loom and Weave, New York, NY; Property from a Washington, D.C. Mansion
Lot 883 | November 16 | Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000 | Link In Bio
Home Sweet Home! Love the use of a Directoire Aubusson in Christian Dior’s Paris home desiged by Georges Geffroy (1903-1971). From the new book “Dior and His Decorators” by Maureen Footer and Hamish Bowles. Thank you @blissesummers for sharing this image with me a while back! #carpetschangingaspace#aubusson#georgesgeffroy#diorandhisdecorators
It’s one of those dreary days where you need the lights on in the daytime. And a fire in the fireplace. So many leaves fell overnight blanketing the yard (look in my stories to see the view from my bedroom window) It’s definitely November. #frenchcountry#blueopaline#aubusson#toile#pastoralpainting
So after a grey week, in every sense I’m posting my favourite colour Aubusson! 🙌🏼 I refinished this little cabinet in Annie’s Aubusson and clear wax. I love all the colours in this photo and that Hague blue wall 😍😍 My sister has style! 💁🏼♀️
Louis Le Brocquy (1916-2012)
Aubusson tapestry - unique - produced by Tabars Freres & Soeurs, France No:2031 (label verso)
signed lower left and dated (19)'74
h:382 w:386 cm.
Acquired directly from the artist by an important private collector in 1974;
Thence by descent
Throughout the 1940s, Louis le Brocquy became interested in the emotional expressiveness of colour and the potential correspondence between colours and music.
He wrote of using "major and minor 'colour chords' for their emotional resonance." In 1948, he was one of several painters invited to produce designs for tapestry by the Edinburgh Tapestry Weavers.
He was enthralled by the medium, but rather then pursuing the conventional practice of having skilled weavers reproduce painted cartoons with coloured thread, he was influenced by the great Jean Lurçat, who he regarded as a mentor.
Lurçat championed the reintroduction of pre-Renaissance tapestry techniques, and le Brocquy was instinctively drawn to his approach. Having been commissioned to produce several further tapestries, he made linear cartoons (or patterns), based on his paintings, with a numerical code specifying colours throughout the composition.
Thus, rather than being a version of an original, the tapestry was a unique work in itself. They were made by Atelier Tabard at Aubusson.
When he made his celebrated brush and ink drawings for Thomas Kinsella's The Táin in 1969, he realized that the black-and-white calligraphic images were perfect for translation into tapestry.
Atelier René Duché at Aubusson made a series of black-and-white works, culminating in an absolutely monumental piece, The Táin, Army Massing, for the RTE studio building. Then, le Brocquy brilliantly applied the fruits of his 1940s explorations of colour with another monumental work, The Táin, made by Atelier Tabatd for the PJ Carroll building in 1970.
A Táin is a raiding party and le Brocquy visualised a host of co-operative but ruggedly independent individuals with an informal grid of heads, each distinctive, rather than a formal, regimented army.
What were you doing the day the Big Bang happened ? Taking a nap in your favourite hammock ? Peeling chestnuts ? You weren't born ? Anyway, here is your chance to see it (almost) for real, thanks to Philippe Mayaux's tapestry "Le Ciel de Cobe" (Cobe's sky) ! This piece is inspired by the residual noise emitted during the Big Bang, as it has been recorded by the @nasa satellite Cobe in 1992.
Si vous êtes trop jeunes pour avoir assisté au Big Bang, nous vous offrons une séance de rattrapage grâce à la tapisserie de Philippe Mayaux "Le Ciel de Cobe" ! La partie tissée est inspirée de l'image produite par le satellite Cobe, lancé en 1992 par la Nasa pour capter le bruit résiduel qui aurait été émis durant le Big Bang. La trame laissée apparente, elle, suggère un espace vide à conquérir pour l'univers naissant.
"Le ciel de Cobe", Philippe Mayaux, tissage Ateliers Pinton, 2001. Cette tapisserie fait partie de la "Tenture 2001".