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Study photographs of tapestries.

Available at Special Collections  L3 : PHOTO ARCHIVE - DECORATIVE ARTS OVERSIZE  (97.P.7 ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    Study photographs of tapestries.
  • Creation Date: approximately 1914-1995
  • Arrangement: Organized by place of manufacture (including city or factory for relevant groups), and further subdivided by subject type following the Iconclass system: Allegorical, Armorial, Decorative, Genre, History, Mythology, Religion, Romance, Verdure. Photographs of unidentified tapestries are filed at the end of each major category.
  • Physical Desc.: 166 boxes (approximately 9,587 photographic prints) : black and white ; 47 cm.
    935 computer discs (approximately 8,000 digital image files) : color ; 12 cm.
  • Summary: Ninety percent of the images represent panels of the late 15th to the late 18th century: Southern Netherlands (before 1528); Flemish (including the important Brussels production, and creations of smaller centers, such as Arras, Bruges, Tournai, etc.). French workshops preceding the creation of the royal factories in the 17th century are also represented, followed by the production of Gobelins, Beauvais and Aubusson factories signed by famous painters and weavers. Italian, English and Dutch tapestries, though less numerous, are present with important sets. The collection includes several hundred unidentified panels, some of them probably late imitations offered on the American market.
    Over half of the photographs were acquired from the New York dealer French & Company, a firm that entered the art market in 1907, acquiring the Ffoulke collection and photographing it around 1914-15. Other significant components of this section are the G.L. Hunter photograph collection, with autograph notes, and a collection of old prints made in Madrid from important series of tapestries that adorned Spanish royal palaces, now part of the Patrimonio nacional; in most cases, they represent the panels before they were cut to accommodate the spaces they decorate. About 10% of the photographs are recent acquisitions from major auction houses and other dealers. The tapestries were cataloged by Adolph Cavallo and Thomas Campbell, who provided information on the back of the photographs.
  • Language: English
  • Additional Formats: Digital image files available in the Photo Archive Database.
  • Notes: Title devised.
    Size of photographs varies.
  • Form/Genre: Photographic prints
  • Subjects: Tapestry -- Europe Tapestry Europe
  • Contributors: Cavallo, Adolph S. Campbell, Thomas P. (Thomas Patrick), 1962- French & Company (New York, N.Y.)
  • ID/Accession Number: 1382-891
    97.P.7
  • Access/Rights: Catalog records and selected images are available in the Photo Archive Database.
    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s).
  • OCLC Record Number: 416939446

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