Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Table carpet fragment

Date:
late 16th century
Culture:
British
Medium:
Canvas worked with wool and silk thread; tent stitch
Dimensions:
L. 77 x W. 38 inches (195.6 x 96.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1954
Accession Number:
54.7.8
Not on view
Textiles were rarely used as floor coverings in the late sixteenth century, except by the wealthiest individuals, but "carpets" of pile weaves, tapestry weaves, or embroidery were often used to decorate tables. This fragment of a large table carpet displays strapwork motifs typical of other English sixteenth-century decorative arts such as wood carving and plaster decoration, and the ripe fruits, flowers, and vegetables are varieties that often appear on embroidered objects of the period. These include Tudor roses, pomegranates, pears, squash, honeysuckle, and grapes.

The somewhat awkward drawing of the armorials suggests that this was not the product of a professional workshop. The table carpet may have been an amateur or semi-professional production, perhaps made by servants and extended family members for use in their own home. However, this project was no small undertaking; when complete, the carpet might have measured as much as twelve to fifteen feet in length.
Irwin Untermyer (until 1954; to MMA)
Related Objects

Seasons and Elements (Fire) (set of four)

Artist: Possibly after a design by Charles Le Brun (French, Paris 1619–1690 Paris) Date: ca. 1683 Medium: Canvas; silk, wool, and metal-thread embroidery in tent stitch (316 stitches per sq. inch, 49 per sq. cm.) Accession: 46.43.3 On view in:Gallery 531

Seasons and Elements (Summer) (set of four)

Artist: Possibly after a design by Charles Le Brun (French, Paris 1619–1690 Paris) Date: ca. 1683 Medium: Canvas; silk, wool, and metal-thread embroidery in tent stitch (316 stitches per sq. inch, 49 per sq. cm.) Accession: 46.43.2 On view in:Gallery 531

Seasons and Elements (Spring) (set of four)

Artist: Possibly after a design by Charles Le Brun (French, Paris 1619–1690 Paris) Date: ca. 1683 Medium: Canvas; silk, wool, and metal-thread embroidery in tent stitch (316 stitches per sq. inch, 49 per sq. cm.) Accession: 46.43.1 On view in:Gallery 531

Seasons and Elements (Air) (set of four)

Artist: Attributed to Charles Le Brun (French, Paris 1619–1690 Paris) Date: ca. 1683 Medium: Canvas; silk, wool, and metal-thread embroidery in tent stitch (316 stitches per sq. inch, 49 stitches per sq. cm.) Accession: 46.43.4 On view in:Gallery 531

Carpet

Artist: probably Axminster (British, 20th century) Date: ca. 1780–90 Medium: Wool Accession: 57.162a, b On view in:Not on view