Tapestry-covered armchair - ROM2012_12960_3


Tapestry-covered armchair

Maker: Designed by Percyval Tudor-Hart (Canadian artist, 1873 - 1954), woven by Leo Belmonte
Medium:Carved walnut with tapestry covers held by brass nails
Geography: Woven in France
Date: 1926-1927
115 x 56 x 62 cm
Object number: 972.482.1.A
Credit Line: Gift from the Estate of Mrs. Percyval Tudor-Hart
Not on view

This is one of a pair of carved walnut armchairs upholstered in tapestry. The chair is backed with a tapestry panel showing blue macaw, red macaw, and white crested parakeet among naturalistic tulips. It is bordered on four sides with old gold ribbons binding green leaves, with the motifs facing left on one chair and right on the other. The seat panels show African porcupines among naturalistic tulips, framed by a matching border. It is finished with an outer border of interlocked small parrots. All edges of the tapestry are held solidly by brass multi-facetted nails.

Canadian painter Percyval Tudor-Hart (1873-1954) custom designed the upholstery. Woven in France, it belongs to the long tradition of European tapestry-woven furnishing fabrics from the late mediaeval period onwards. The Garden of Eden theme is eye-catching, but being asked to sit on a porcupine is rather disconcerting!

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