National Museum French Tapestry

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French tapestry – Today, seven of the original twelve tapestries known. The newly purchased wallpaper left Sweden in connection with parts of Carl Robert Lamm’s collections were sold in New York in 1923. The Lamb had in turn acquired the wallpaper around 1900 from a Swedish private individual, who claimed that it had been part of the Swedish royal collections, which can’t be substantiated.

Wallpaper motif of French tapestry goes back to a suite woven in Brussels around 1535, whose model wrongly attributed to the artist Lucas van Leyden. Despite its old-fashioned character copied it several times during the period 1680 – 1770. In the middle, a company offered to wine and autumn fruits. In the background is a landscape with a harvest scene. The border is decorated with powerful flower and fruit festoons and medallions with profile portraits.

The well-preserved tapestry, whose colors still retains much of its original luster, was purchased with the help of Axel and Nora Lundgren fund. It represents an important addition to the National Museum’s collection of old tapestries include French tapestry style. National museum has no own funds to purchase art and crafts for collections, instead by donations and private foundations and funds.

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