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EXOTIC CHINOISERIE LANDSCAPE TAPESTRY FRAGMENT
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Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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France, Aubusson
EXOTIC CHINOISERIE LANDSCAPE TAPESTRY FRAGMENT
fragment of vertical format, woven with fruiting pomegranate tree and parrot perched upon a branch, with a flowering foreground plant, with different lower and upper borders woven with scrolling foliage and narrow inner scalloped border; reduced in sizelacking side borders,
wool, woven
approximately 217 by 107cm., 7ft 1in by 3ft 6in.
Louis XV, mid 18th century
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Catalogue Note

This layered tapestry panel is a fragment, with some perspective, from a larger exotic landscape tapestry, with fragments of different border types horizontally across the top and bottom respectively. For discussion and examples of Aubusson weavings inspired by the popular engravings published by Fischer von Erlach, Entwurff einer historischen Architektur, 1721, with illustrated examples of weaving with Chinese pagodas see D & P. Chevalier, and P.F Bertrand, Les Tapisseries d’Aubusson et de Felletin, 1988, pp.128-131. There is reference to the signatures of weavers, including Rougeron, circa 1725, and Busier (1719-1781), along with other workshops. 

For comparable auction examples of wider compositions which include the distinctive evenly placed foreground exotic trees, exotic birds, river landscape with rocky outcrops with pagodas, and as in this example a small sailing boat, in variations of floral, scrolling acanthus and golden frame pattern borders, see the following auction examples. Sotheby’s, Monaco, 16 June 1990, lot 950 (220 by 565cm), Sotheby’s, Zurich, 5 December 1991, lot 82 (274 by 388cm), and Sotheby’s, London, 20 May 1994, lot 15. For other circa 1750 examples incorporating the small distinctive boat and parrot, with workshop signatures, see Sotheby's, Florence, 17 May 1978, signed Aubusson, F.Picon (310 by 500cm), and another weaving woven with a hound and quail in the foreground, with the boat (but without the parrot), with the town and weaver’s mark, Aubusson, I.Dorliac, in a scrolling acanthus and floral border (365 by 445cm), Sotheby’s, London, 3 March 1978, lot 4.

See lot 441 in this sale for a full landscape tapestry within a four-sided border, from the chinoiserie landscape series.

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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London