Portugese Wool Aubusson Wall Tapestry
The Dessert: Harmony in Red by French artist Henri Matisse 1908,
original painting hangs in the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Many of these Aubusson Murale Tapestries are woven after 18th Century masters. In 1679, Loius XIV of France received a series of paintings from the then Dutch Governor of Brazil, Johan Maurits. This series of paintings by Albert Eeckhout and Frans Post became grist for the creative mill of François Desportes, who translated them into Wall Tapestries for the hand weavers of Gobelins. The Manufacture des Gobelins brought the handweaving techniques of Aubusson to the big city, seeing as how Roi Louis had commissioned all of the tapesties which could be made for twenty years running to be used in various palaces. The Aubusson style tapestry murals depicted here are of the same series or of the following century.