1624. An Aubusson Tapestry. Permanent collection of the museum of the Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie Aubusson, France.
Origianlly woven as a wedding gift commemorating the marriage of Henri-Victor de Cardaillac and Élisabeth de Pluvinel in 1624, Cardaillac is a a highly symbolic design. A united coat of arms gracefully blends the de Cardaillac and de Pluvinel family crests in the centre of the original tapestry, around which a border runs, decorated with a monogram of E and H. Focusing on the tapestry’s stylised floral backdrop, our Cardaillac Tableau Scénique is imbued with elegant celebration. Recalling 17th century Dutch Still Life paintings, stately bouquets, each a different arrangement of carnations, lilies, roses and arums, are arranged in unique vases upon a striking plain ground.