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Item # 27468 Period Antique New Testament Tapestry 11'0" H x 11'0" W
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Item Number: 27468
Name: New Testament Tapestry
Size: 11' 0" H x 11' 0" W
(3.35m x 3.35m)
Origin: France
Size Category: Horizontal Tapestries
Square Tapestries
Vertical Tapestries
Antiquity: Circa 17th Century
Period Antique
Primary Design: Directional
Sub-Design: Pictorial
Design Genre Allegorical Tapestry
Biblical Tapestry
Historical Tapestry
New Testament Tapestry
Religious Tapestry
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Border Color:
Composition: Wool with silk inlay
Condition: Excellent
Subject: The Marriage of Mary and Joseph

17th Century French Religious Tapestry, with the Marriage of Mary & Joseph

A French religious tapestry from Paris, circa 17th century, size 11” H x 11” W. This magnificent handwoven wool and silk wall hanging envisions the marriage of the New Testament figures, Mary and Joseph, with the High Priest flanked by Mary and Joseph at centre and a dove above them, and with the central figures attended by a noblewoman and a group of men, and with a mother and child seated in the right foreground. 

The central scene is enclosed within a border that is characterized by upper and lower central cartouches, supported by putti. It contains a star above, and the armorial of Pierre Guischard below. Six additional cartouches containing the symbols of the Evangelists run through the rest of the border, interspersed with fruiting and flowering elements, decorative swags, and birds. 

Wool with silk inlay. Excellent condition. A truly remarkable tapestry that once adorned the walls of either the royalty or the churches of 17th century France. A unique and inspiring addition to your home decor that speaks to centuries of worth of history!

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