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Le Elephant French Tapestry

Size: 58 inches wide by 41 inches tall

Weight: 3 pounds

Composition: 80% Cotton, 20% Viscose and Polyester blend.

Finish: Backed with lining and tunnel for easy hanging.

Primary Color: Gold, Blue, Cream

Secondary Colors: Blue, Beige, Grey, Green, Orange, Red, Yellow

Product Care: Gently vacuum or dry clean as needed.

Rod and tassels not included.

Woven in France

History: This jacquard tapestry, The Elephant, shows an exotic Asian elephant covered with rich carpets and ornaments. This panel is inspired from a famous 19th century tapestry on display in the Louvre Museum in Paris. It was woven at a carpet factory in Aubusson established by Alexis Sallandrouze, 1808-67. The design, attributed to Jean-Baptiste-Amedee Couder, 1797-1864, draws on a number of different sources. By introducing these exotic influences, the tapestry contributed to a revival of the decorative arts in France in the 1840's. The luxuriant landscape is framed by pairs of twisted columns. The ornamental border is very rich, composed of a dense, complex tracery recalling the decorative vocabulary of Islamic architecture. Beyond this architectural frame lies a luminous landscape in which an Asian elephant can be seen passing between a palm and a banana tree. The elephant, richly caparisoned from top to toe. The tapestry may have been part of a set representing the continents.

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