Provenance:c.1550. A Flemish Feuilles d’Aristoloche tapestry, from a private collection at Château de Walzin in Belgium.
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. It is not known exactly when the first of these verdure tapestries were created, but by the 16th century, tapestries with formal designs derived from foliage had become hugely popular. A quintessential mid-16th century “Feuilles géantes” Verdure tapestry (also referred to as “Feuilles de choux”, “Verdure à feuillages crispés” or “Feuilles d’aristoloche” tapestries), Aristoloche depicts acanthus and aristolochia (cabbage) leaves against a woodland scene.