Tapestry, wool and silk, 3½ warps per cm, Entrefenêtre, Aubusson, c. 1710-1740. A narrow vertical panel with a landscape. At the bottom a stream flows into a river, in the centre is a building with a pointed roof, and above there is a tree with large leaves and white flowers. The border is of scrolling acanthus leaves in light brown on a blue ground.
This narrow panel was probably intended as an 'entrefenêtre', designed to fill the strip of wall between the windows of a large room. It would once have been part of a set including larger panels with similar subject matter to hang elsewhere in the same room. The tapestry was made at the French workshop of Aubusson in the first half of the eighteenth century. Simple landscapes of this sort were produced in large numbers at Aubusson in this period (Chevalier, Chevalier and Bertrand 1987, p. 55). A comparable example of a set including both large panels and narrow entrefenêtres is at Schloss Bruchsal, Baden-Wurttemberg (Southern Germany) (Weinheim 2002, pp. 95-7). (Helen Wyld, 2011)
Bequeathed to the National Trust by Huttleston Rogers Broughton, 1st Lord Fairhaven (1896-1966) with the house and the rest of the contents.
Anglesey Abbey, The Fairhaven Collection (The National Trust)
Makers and roles
Weinheim, 2002: Tapisserien Wandteppiche aus den staatlichen Schlössern Baden-Württembergs, Schätze aus unseren Schlössern Eine Reihe der Staatlichen Schlösser und Gärten, Baden-Württemberg, vol. 6, Weinheim 2002 Chevalier, Chevalier and Bertrand, 1988: Dominique Chevalier, Pierre Chevalier and Pascal-François Bertrand, Les Tapisseries d'Aubusson et de Felletin 1457-1791, Paris 1988