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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Textile of the Day

[Alexis SALLANDROUZE, Jean-Baptiste-Amédée COUDER Elephant Tapestry
Circa 1840-43 © R.M.N.]

Like some very grand ancestor of the 21st-century elephant pillow*, today's highlighted textile is a French tapestry from the Louvre.  Woven with wool, silk, and metallic thread in Aubusson, it was possibly inspired by Persian miniatures and, according to the Museum, represented a rekindling of France's affinity for exotic themes in textile design in the 1840s. More on the creators here.

*Just a few reminders of contemporary examples here, here, and here.

Related past post: A Little Post-Holiday Splendour and Navigating the Maze.

Update 2.1.11.

[Elephant Headdress, Bamileke Artist, Cameroon, 19th century, 
glass beads, wood, cloth, raffia, 17 1/2 inches.]

And the official results are in! Participants at the High's Collectors' Evening 2011 voted to add to the Museum's permanent collection the 19th-century African elephant headdress mentioned here a few weeks ago. But five other new pieces wll be coming to the High, too. Click here for details.

Update 2.2.11.
  [Interior design by Kristen Buckingham. Photograph by Simon Upton, originally published in Elle Decor, March 2009.]

A quick note:  I made the pillow comparison because elephant pillows have lately been a more widespread trend (and are made of cloth) but the tapestry certainly reminds many of us of Zuber's L'HindoustanEmile de Bruijn of Treasure Hunt just put together a wonderful L'Hindoustan post highlighting its connection to Basildon Park.


JWC said...

This is phenomenal! Reminds me of 19th century French Grisaille wallpaper by Zuber or Dufour.

Style Court said...

JWC --

Yes! And I first thought of of Zuber's L'Hindoustan, too.

ttv said...

That's the great elephant in India.

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

The Louvre Elephant Tapestry is just a treasure! Thanks for posting it, Courtney. It's lovely! ; )

Style Court said...

Barbara -- I thought you might appreciate it!

pve design said...

Oh how incredibly lovely....on this snow day (2) this week. May I post the textile....I am working on a post with an elephant.

Style Court said...

Patricia -- glad the timing worked out nicely on this one! As long as the credit line is used, I think it will be fine to post.

Interior Design ER said...

Wow some of the textures are scary

But still, wonderful ideas.