Provenance: 17th Century. A pair of Oudenaarde Tapestries. Private Collection of the Château d’Ussé.
A Verdure tapestry, also sometimes called Garden Tapestry, is a design based on foliage, flowers and plant forms that was originally characterised by its green tones. Taken from a pair of 17th century Verdure tapestries woven in Oudenaarde, a Flemish municipality famous for its tapestry weaving, Jardin d’Ussé Dormant Frima depicts a medieval castle nestled within a softly stirring landscape. In the Château’s rolling grounds, woodland creatures arise in the wavering light of earliest dawn. Celebrating the serenity and romance of nature, the two original tapestries hang within the languid walls of the Château d’Ussé, the French castle which inspired Charles Perrault to pen his iteration of the famous conte de fée, Sleeping Beauty.