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.
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.
Photo: A Client’s Reception Area
Franses specialise in English Modernist carpets.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The tapestry, depicting the Pentecost and designed by Alessandro Allori, was completed in 1596 and was part of a commission for Como Cathedral.Read More
Franses were asked by the owner of a group of historical Italian textiles to carry out research and find a suitable institution to acquire them.Read More
This exhibition explores the origin and evolution of 'grotesque' tapestries with five different grotesque weavings from 1530-1700. A catalogue containing forty different grotesque tapestries will accompany the exhibition. The exhibition can be viewed at Richard L Feigen, 34 East 69 Street, New York 10065 from January 23, until March 20, 2015 Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm
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.
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.
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.