Tableaux Sceniques

Tableaux Sceniques…Watts1874…The Democratisation of the Tapestry.
 

Tapestry is an ancient textile art which has been practised all over the world for thousands of years. Traditionally woven by hand on a loom it is the principle means of creating pictures through weaving.

By the early Middle Ages workshops throughout Europe were producing textile hangings, which were among the most prestigious art pieces owned by the well-to-do. When the idea was conceived of representing stories in these weavings, as opposed to decorative patterns, tapestry was launched on its own illustrious career in the figurative arts.

The Democratisation of The Tapestry.

Sophistication of the technology of digital print, frees centuries of constraint, revitalising the imagery and the profile of these extraordinary works and allowing them to be shared in way that has not been possible before.

Our Studio artists skilfully redraw trees and figures and mountains and temples and through the reinterpretation of this rich iconography create a narrative design that can sit comfortably in your home.

The beauty of the subtleties of tones and patterns from the surface textures of an old tapestry, are gently transcribed on to fabric or paper. Many different paper and fabric substrates are now available as a print surface, contributing to the vernacular of the print mark, adding age or modernity.

 
Aristoloche Beatrix

Original Size:
H308 x W380cm
H10’1’’ x W12’5’’

c.1520-1550
FLEMISH

“FEUILLES D’ARISTOLOCHE”

TAPESTRY

Private Collection
Château de Walzin

 

Nomadic Murals

Le Corbusier once called tapestries "Nomadic Murals". Kings and noblemen could roll up and transport tapestries from one residence to another.

Tapestries were often produced in suites (also called chambers) of multiple pieces that together tell a story. When hung together in a large space such as a gallery in a royal residence, a cathedral, or church, or in a sizeable room, such a set could both command and unify the space. The pieces would frequently about one another, creating a massive, continuous visual field akin to a mural, and that, like a mural, could be "read".

These noble suites of woven tapestries are the inspiration and reason for Tableaux Sceniques at Watts 1874.

The library of designs

Through the generosity of great houses, museums and private collections we have a diverse and eclectic source of original tapestries. In particular the Cite international de la tapisserie. More than just a museum, this is a place of artistic creation, training and supporting the tapestry economic sector, which still remains complete and preserved within the territory of Aubusson and South Creuse after six centuries of existence. Watts are fortunate and proud to collaborate with the Museum, sharing a passion for the preservation and continuation of the age-old craftsmanship of tapestry weaving.

 

Stag Hunt

Original Size:
H216 x W445cm

Venus and Adonis on a stag hunt, a palace and extensive landscape beyond.

The Mural Wallpaper

Released from the frame of their borders, and cleverly joined a suite of tapestries become one long mural wallpaper.

The printed fabric

Linen gives a sympathetic canvas for the print mark, which is both gently aged and yet strangely contemporary. Printed on velvet the mark becomes lush and reflective, the pile eats the colour.

Walzin Chinoiserie

Provenance: Private Collection, Château de Walzin
The Walzin Chinoiserie is known to have been part of the private collection of the 9th Duke and Duchess of Norfolk and may well have been used in the redecoration of Norfolk House, St James Square, London (1748-52).

THE BIGGEST PLEASURE FOR ME AT DECOREX WAS SEEING THE WORK WATTS IS DOING - HOW COOL THAT THEY ARE NOW ABLE TO DEMOCRATISE THOSE EXTRAORDINARY TAPESTRIES BELONGING TO THE GREAT HOUSES OF EUROPE INTO EVERYBODY'S HOME..." 

Simon Fraser,
Founder of Ultra Indigo & Course Director at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design