The Renaissance Revival style was particularly strong in France through much of the nineteenth century. This furnishing textile displays a typical combination of Renaissance-inspired strapwork allied with unmistakably nineteenth-century floral designs. The naturalistically rendered flowers and leaves meander in and around the deep red strapwork support, which is accented with small jewel-like medallions.
Artist: After a painting by baron François Gérard (French, Rome 1770–1837 Paris)Date: designed 1805, woven 1808–11Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (26-28 warps per inch, 10-12 per cm.); gilded pine frameAccession: 43.99On view in:Gallery 553
Artist: Savonnerie Manufactory (Manufactory, established 1626; Manufacture Royale, established 1663)Date: 1668–85Medium: Knotted and cut wool pile, woven with about 90 knots per square inchAccession: 58.75.129On view in:Gallery 526