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Pair of Monumental Regency Framed Italian 18C Painted Tapestries.
We have PLEASURE TO PRESENT to you an EXCEPTIONAL Pair of Monumental Framed Italian 18th Century Painted Tapestries.
We are of the firm opinion that these tapestries were made and painted in Northern Italy in the latter half of the 18th Century. Probably in the region of Florence or Milan.
Each tapestry resembles burlap and it has been hand-painted.
Each is mounted in a mahogany, custom made, frame.
The rear was originally lined with a gold velvet that has since decayed and been removed, but there is still evidence of the original.
The first tapestry features a ‘Romeo & Juliet’ style scene, with the gentleman serenading the lady by playing a Mandolin (a classically Italian instrument) in a garden setting. Both are in more high-end/elegant period attire.
The second tapestry, features a more rustic type scene, with the gentleman again serenading the lady but this time with bottles of ‘Chianti’ clearly involved, in a scene of merriment and harvest. Both are in period attire, but much more rustic in style.
They were obviously brought to Britain in the 18th Century as the Custom Made Mahogany frames are unmistakably ‘British Regency’ in style and construct. As the Regency Period spanned from circa 1800 to 1830 and the frames were obviously custom made then, the tapestries must predate this.
We are of the opinion that these tapestries were bought by a wealthy British person as part of their ‘Grand Tour’. There is evidence of creasing on the tapestries and in our opinion this shows that they were folded and sent back to Britain in the Early 19th Century. The buyer then had his British cabinetmaker, custom make the mahogany frames to display them.
The frames on their own, are OUTSTANDING examples of Regency craftsmanship, with fluted and reeded edges, and a tree motif carved at the end of each side of the frame. Obviously, the craftsman’s signature !
HIGHLY, HIGHLY, IMPORTANT AND EXTREMELY RARE AND FINE QUALITY FRAMED TAPESTRIES, from circa 1780.
You will NOT find another Pair like this ANYWHERE !
Furniture styles often bear the name of the historical periods in which they occur. For English furniture, this often means naming a style after the king or queen on the throne at the time. With the Regency Period of furniture, the naming convention only partially applies and reveals the complicated political atmosphere of England at the time.
In 1811, the Prince of Wales assumed rule of the country, not as a king, but rather as an acting monarch while his father suffered a long bout of mental illness. His official title during this time was Regent, hence the name Regency Period. Prince George held the position for nine years until his father died, leaving him the throne. Officially known as King George IV from his coronation in 1820 until his death in 1830, his rule both marked the time period for the Regency Period style, but also helped to influence the aesthetics through his preferences and commissioned projects.
Unlike prior periods, borrowing elements from Roman and Greek furniture, designers of the Regency Period often tried to recreate the actual furniture pieces found in the museums, vaults, and artwork of the time. The introduction of Egyptian artifacts also sparked a desire to bring those elements into the Regency Period style. Thematic motifs of ancient gods, sphinxes, lions, and griffins ornamented many pieces. Additionally, a revival of Eastern influence from China and Japan inspired the use of bamboo, wood carved to resemble bamboo, and lacquered finishes.
While all these cultural and historic influences helped determine the furniture of the Regency Period, the style itself used ornamentation for its elegance, rather than rich carvings and curved lines exhibited in earlier periods of furniture design. The woodworking of the pieces generally exhibited plain lines and surfaces with slender legs and right angles. In many ways, this helped highlight the ornamentation by providing a simplistic background to avoid distraction.
Additionally, the size of furniture pieces changed with this period. Rather than the tall shelves of the past, cabinets and shelving units shrank in height to allow decorators to ornament the walls with paintings. The lower height of furniture also allowed for more display space to feature curios and treasures.
The components of Regency Period furniture include the selection of wood and the use of metals for accents. Mahogany remained the dominant wood for furniture design, while exotic wood like ebony was featured in many high-end pieces. Additionally, veneers of rosewood and zebrawood added visually striking surfaces or features to the clean lines of the style.
As stated before, the preferences of the Regent, Prince George of Wales, played a hand in guiding the style, particularly through his commissions for the Royal Pavilion. The designers who distinguished themselves at this time included Henry Holland, Thomas Hope, Thomas Sheraton, and George Smith.The addition of metal accents, however, gave Regency Period furniture its ornate elegance. Furniture makers primarily used brass, while occasionally including bronze or ormolu, an imitation gold. Brass inlays, accents along corners and legs, handles, and hinges, were popular. Of note, brass rosettes or lions’ heads to hold rings on cabinet doors and drawers decorated many pieces, while the bases of furniture legs were often animal feet made of brass. Glass insets on cabinet doors would also be covered and protected by brass grills in lattice patterns or scrollwork designs.
The frames are made of solid mahogany with beautifully carved reeded edges on each frame. They end in a solid 4 legged support with, again, beautiful reeding and a carved insignia of a tree above each leg support.
The frames alone, are stunning examples of regency designed furniture.
The Tapestries and frames are MONUMENTAL in size…..each is 10 feet tall and 5 feet wide.
Pair of Monumental Regency Framed Italian 18C Painted Tapestries.
Provenance: These tapestries were acquired by a High-end Collector at Auction from Christies in London circa 25 years ago and she paid a significant sum for them at that time. They have remained in her Private Collection in Texas ever since.
Condition: The frames have some minor scuffing on the feet with age. The ‘Romeo’ Tapestry is near mint. The ‘Rustic’ one has 3 minor tears (see photos) and some very minor water damage at the base. But does not adversely affect the piece’s beauty and quality.
Pair of Monumental Regency Framed Italian 18C Painted Tapestries