Landscape Verdure Seascape

Landscapes, often known as verdures or greeneries, and seascapes are timeless tapestries frequently overlooked by tapestry historians.  These tapestry were rarely designed by famous artists or woven with the most costly materials. Yet they are among the most pleasing decoration and were most often intended as sets, to be hung from wall to wall, to provide the sensation of being within a glade or wood. In many of the Aubusson verdures an impression of a wood is provided by simple stylised flowers, trees and fauna, which are almost cartoon-like in their charm and simplicity.  By contrast, in some Brussels and Paris tapestries, there is a far more lifelike rendering of the woodland, and in others only the landscape is depicted with no birds or animals.  Of seascapes the most famous are the Ports de Mer series woven at Beauvais.  In these tapestries we see galleons, a seaport and on the seashore various exotic birds, shells, shellfish and even fish left high and dry by the receding tide.  In the 18th century another set of seaports was produced, this time at Aubusson, after designs by Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714 – 1789).

Port de Mer


Louis XIV Beauvais Tapestry
Design attributed to Jospeh van de Kerchove
and Adrien Campion, cartoons by Simon du Pape
France, End 17th Century
6ft 3in width x 9ft 7in height
1.91m x 2.92m

  • Landscape with Deer and Swans

    Landscape with Deer and Swans

    Price on application


    Brussels Tapestry, circa 1670
    From the workshops of Marcus de Vos (signed)
    15ft 1in width x 10ft 3in height
    4.60m x 3.12m

  • Le Débarquement

    Le Débarquement

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    Aubusson Tapestry
    After Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714 – 1789)
    France, Early 18th Century
    13ft 11in width x 9ft 7in height
    4.24m x 2.92m
    price on application