Chinoiserie and Exotic

A vogue for chinoiserie swept Europe in the second half of the 17th century prompting 'oriental' designs in art, fashion, and architecture. Tapestry was no exception – great series were produced at Beauvais, Aubusson, Soho, Brussels, and in Germany and Spain. Celebrated figurative tapestries such as The Story of the Emperor of China or the famous Vanderbank tapestries of Soho, and the exquisite oriental landscapes woven at Aubusson and Felletin. Further 'exotic' designs were also commissioned. Most famous of these were The Old Indes series woven at the Gobelins in the 17th century, and The New Indes designed by Desportes.

Soho Chinoiserie Tapestry

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England, circa 1690
From the workshops of Jan Vanderbank (d. 1717)
Borders designed by Joshua Morris (active until 1728)
10ft 2in width x 7ft 6in height
3.10m x 2.29m

  • Chinoiserie Landscape Tapestry Panel

    Chinoiserie Landscape Tapestry Panel

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    Aubusson, circa 1730
    7ft 10 width x 7ft 10 height
    2.39m x 2.39m
    Provenance: Goldschmidt-Rothschild collection, US

  • The Emperor Sailing

    The Emperor Sailing


    Beauvais Chinoiserie Tapestry
    France, 1710 or earlier
    From the series: The Story of the Emperor of China
    Known as: The First Tenture Chinoise
    12ft 5in width x 11ft 5in height
    3.78m x 3.48m