Franco-Flemish master, Pastoral mille-fleurs tapestry, early 1500s

Franco-Flemish master

16th century

Pastoral mille-fleurs tapestry

early 1500s

147 х 180 cm


The millefleurs design in tapestries evolved in circa 1450-1460, one of the first fully developed examples to survive being the Armorial Tapestry of Philip the Good of Burgundy woven in Brussels in circa 1466. This genre of tapestry, however, remained popular until the mid-16th century. The wide variations in quality, the relatively short period in which they were produced and the number of pieces known indicate that numerous workshops made this type of tapestries. The vast majority of these ateliers are believed to have been in the Southern Netherlands. The present example is one of the best version of mille-fleurs tapestry production.


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