A magnifcent & impressive vintage French wall hanging tapestry.
Late c20th, though in the manner of the c16th original 'Depart pour la Chasse' which hangs in the Cluny Museum in Paris.
The scene is of three mounted noblemen who are leaving the castle in the distance for a falconing expedition. They are accompanied by an escort on foot, who carries his masters sword. The mounted noble in the centre has just flown one falcon and is slipping another from his gauntleted fist. The rider on the left is also holding a falcon. Strips of leather called jesses were tied to the legs of the falcons. These jesses were about six inches long and always worn by trained birds to enable the falconer to hold the birds on the fist. On the left in the background two peasants are out walking.
This tapestry reflects a transitional period between the Mille-Fleurs tapestries of the fifteenth century and the hunting scenes of a later period.
Well sized at 70 x 96cm, lending itself equally well to a large or smaller space. A tasteful palette of mainly green, picked out with warming tones, consistent with the available dyes of the period.
The reverse is lined in linen and through the top of the tapestry is fitted a baton channel bearing the weight of the hanging.
Please note, fleur-de-lys rail not included.
A super interior piece which would admirably decorate a good wall with the inimitable warmth and quietening effect of a tapestry.
Well suited to a period house.