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The Toilet of the Princess (from a pair of Indo-Chinese scenes)

Maker:
Attributed to the workshop of John Vanderbank the Elder (Flemish, 1683–1717)
Maker:
Probably woven by Great Wardrobe (Great Queen Street, Saint Giles-in-the-Fields, London)
Designer:
Unknown
Date:
1690–1715
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Wool, silk (19-20 warps per inch, 7-8 per cm.)
Dimensions:
Overall (Confirmed by Textile Conservation 9/06): 121 3/4 x 156 in. (309.2 x 396.2 cm) Overall: 120 x 154in. (304.8 x 391.2cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. George F. Baker, 1953
Accession Number:
53.165.2
Not on view
In the 1690s the London weaver John Vanderbank supplied nine tapestries in the "Indian Manner" to Kensington Palace, perhaps to complement the vast Asian porcelain collection of Queen Mary II. The Toilet of the Princess is likely similar to that royal commission. Such tapestries were made in sets of varying size, depending on the dimensions of the room they were meant to adorn. As many as fifty variations of tapestries featuring compositions with Asian and Indian characters atop little floating islands were made in England, attesting to their popularity. Placing the scattered vignettes against a dark background was inspired by lacquer panels imported from Japan and China.
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