TAPESTRIES, CARPETS, TEXTILES OF DISTINCTION

 

Franses is a leading dealership and consultancy in the world of textiles. We transform rooms in private homes, museums and corporations with exceptional tapestries and carpets and outstanding examples of textile art.

We only handle works that have relevance to living and collecting today. Our clients have exacting expectations and every work has been professionally examined in an uncompromising selection process.  What you will see illustrated on this website is a small selection from our renowned inventory.

Buyers can be confident that every work is accompanied by an absolute guarantee of authenticity, which has been documented by the world’s largest research archive .  Every piece in our inventory has been prepared for installation and can be transported anywhere in the world.

These works of heritage, treasured by previous owners, mostly come from fine homes and family collections. Their value is preserved and enhanced through careful cleaning, sensitive conservation and historical research. We never forget that finding and securing the right object should be an enjoyable experience – you will find us friendly and accessible.

Franses also has an international reputation for its advisory work as independent appraisers to museums, to financial institutions and to individuals wishing to develop collections or looking to invest in this asset class.

 

VISUALIZER

Using visualizer software we can import any item from our inventory into a photograph, architectural drawing or wall elevation that you supply to us. With the dimensions of your space we can provide you with a realistic impression of how any tapestry, carpet or textile will actually look to scale in your interior.

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LATEST NEWS

Loan Exhibition: Henry VIII: the unseen tapestries

This small but remarkable loan exhibition includes rare and previously unseen, as well as rediscovered, tapestries from the tapestry collection of the king. The rediscovered monumental “Burning of the Books” tapestry commissioned by Henry and deliver to Hampton Court Palace in 1538. The “Lord Russell Order of the Garter” tapestry. “Romulus and Remus” a tapestry […]

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Saint Paul Directing the Burning of the Heathen Books at Ephesus

FRANSES AT TEFAF MAASTRICHT 2019

FRANSES exhibited at TEFAF Maastricht from Saturday 10th March to Sunday 18th March 2018 and will exhibit again in 2019. The Gallery was first time exhibitor in 2018 and the only specialist in historic tapestries, carpets and textile art at the fair.           Highlights  in TEFAF 2018 include a major Delft […]

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English Modernist Carpets

Franses specialise in English Modernist carpets.

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Franses Conservation case study: Cleaning and conservation of a set of English eighteenth century needlework chair covers

The well-known English furniture expert, Simon Redburn, brought this superb needlework covered chair to Franses.

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The colours of eighteenth century England

Few people nowadays are aware of the brilliant and intense vegetable dyes available in England in the eighteenth century. A similar palette was used for many of the textiles, whether carpets, tapestries or needleworks.

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EXHIBITIONS

Henry VIII: the unseen tapestries

Henry VIII: the unseen tapestries

Loan exhibition - "Henry VIII: the unseen tapestries." The exhibition includes as its centrepiece the monumental and rediscovered "Saint Paul Directing the Burning of the Heathen Books", commissioned by the king and delivered to Hampton Court in 1538-9. Believed destroyed, it was rediscovered in Spain in 2013. On view is a rare and remarkable weaving, the only known representation of Henry VIII in tapestry. It is believed that Lord John Russell, King Henry’s executor and1st Earl of Bedford, commissioned it to commemorate his investiture into the Order of the Garter. The tapestry shows Russell before King Henry and in company with Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester and Prelate of the Order. The exhibition includes "The Abduction of Romulus and Remus" which was purchased by the King in 1529 from Richard Gresham to hang at Greenwich Palace. Later, during the commonwealth, its Roman subject was fascinatingly reserved for Oliver Cromwell’s own use. The tapestry went to Whitehall and was used by Charles II as a backdrop in the famous portrait, circa 1671-6, in the Royal Collection of the king enthroned, by John Michael Wright. The exhibition, which runs from 1st - 19th October, includes other tapestries and textiles associated with the king. DATE: 1st – 19th October VIEWING: Weekdays 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm FRANSES ARCHIVE LECTURE To coincide with the exhibition, Dr Thomas P Campbell, former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and an authority on renaissance tapestry will be giving a lecture “The Art of Majesty: Henry VIII’s Tapestry Collection” at the Royal Academy of Arts on Saturday 6 October 2018 at 3pm. Admission is by invitation only. For tickets please apply to gallery@franses.com or telephone 020 7976 1234

FINE TAPESTRIES IN THE WORLD'S GREAT HOTELS

Many of us are familiar with visiting museums and historic houses to view great tapestries. Less well known are the very interesting tapestries and textiles which can be seen in a number of fine hotels throughout the world.

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CURRENTLY ON VIEW IN THE LONDON GALLERY WINDOWS

The London gallery premises occupy a corner lot on Jermyn Street with windows on both Jermyn Street and, continuing around the corner, on Duke Street.

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OBJECT FOCUS

Signed and Dated Queen Anne Needlework An Exceptional Needlework Panel from the Reign of Queen Anne (2ft 2in (width) x 2ft 9in (height) 0.66m x 0.84m framed)

Signed and Dated Queen Anne Needlework

This exceptional English needlework is dated "1706" and signed by its young embroiderer, "Mary Davison aged 13 years." Works dating from the brief reign of Queen Anne are exceptionally rare.  The panel is embroidered with coloured wools and silks on canvas.  It was completed four years after Queen Anne ascended the throne on 8th March 1702, but a year before the Act of Union was signed in 1707. Queen Anne died on 1st August 1714. Click the Title link to enlarge image.

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