This section is from the book "Tapestries; Their Origin, History And Renaissance", by George Leland Hunter. Also available from Amazon: Tapestries; Their Origin, History, And Renaissance.
Champeaux Tapestry is one of the South Kensington handbooks published in 1878. While now out of date, it was most helpful at the time, containing an index, and a descriptive list of the principal public tapestry collections in the world.
Rossi Arazzo is a little inexpensive volume published in Milan in 1907. While it is purely and simply a compilation, as far as the historical part is concerned, it contains half-tone illustrations of a number of important old tapestries in Italian collections, and of several modern ones woven on high warp looms in Rome. It has a bibliography, two indexes, line illustrations of marks and signatures, and line and half-tone illustrations of the processes of high-warp weaving.
Gentili Arazzi is a volume entitled Arazzi Antichie Moderni, by Cav. Pietro Gentili, director of the tapestry works in the Vatican, Rome 1897. He describes and illustrates in large half-tone colour plates five pieces of Late Gothic tapestry about six feet square that he had recently repaired for the Hon. Wayne MacVeagh, at that time United States Ambassador to Italy. He also illustrates in colour a high-warp loom with partly finished tapestry of St. Joseph.
Red Cross Inn
Plate no. 361. One of Teniers' most attractive peasant scenes, 9 feet 6 by 18 feet 11, (a la croix rouge) at the Red Cross Inn. Signed G. Wernier, followed by the Lille mark L with a fleur-de-lis. An excellent example of this work of this weaver, who flourished at Lille in the first half of the XVIII century, succeeding his father-in-law, Jean de Melter, in 1701.
Goya Tapices is a small volume published in Madrid in 1870, Los Tapices de Goya, by D. G. Cruzada Villaamil. It tells the story of the 92 tapestries woven, some on high warp, some on low warp, looms in the Santa Barbara royal tapestry works in Madrid in the latter part of the XVIII century at a cost of 624,000 reales, after 45 cartoons by Don Francisco de Goya that cost 124,000 reales. Chapter VI (French Looms, The Gobelins: Beauvais: Aubusson) gives the history of the Spanish tapestry works of Santa Barbara founded in 1721 at Madrid, of Seville in 1730, of Santa Isabel at Madrid in 1734. Williams Spain. Pages 137-159 of volume III of Leonard Williams' Arts and Crafts of Olden Spain contains a brief history of tapestry in that country.
Christie, Hooper. Books that will help to a knowledge of the practical side of tapestry-weaving are Christie's Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving and Hooper's Handloom Weaving, both in Lethaby's Artistic Crafts series.
Lessing Wandteppiche. Die Wandteppiche aus dem Leben desErzvaters Jacob, by Julius Lessing, Berlin, 1900, contains 15 extra large photographic illustrations of a set of ten Story of Jacob privately owned Renaissance tapestries, with descriptions of all.
Plate no. 363. The Angel Delivers St. Peter. Gothic tapestry in the Cluny Museum, 2.75 metres by 2.25, bearing the arms of Guillaume de Hellande, Bishop of Beauvais from 1444 to 1462, and of the local chapter. Note Paix, the Latin for peace, distributed over the surface. The inscription at the top in French reads: "How the angel led St. Peter out of the prison of Herod." The inscription over the door in Latin reads: "Now I know surely because God has sent his angel." The other pieces of the set are in the Beauvais Cathedral.
Grosch Norwegian designates H. Grosch's Gamle Norske Billedtępper published in Berlin 1901 with text in both Norwegian and German by the Art Industrial Museum of Christiania. These large colour plates illustrating twelve old tapestries woven in Norway in the XVI, XVII, and XVIII centuries.
Hoentschel Collections. In volume IV of the Collections Georges Hoentschel, Paris, 1908, are large photographic illustrations of Esther and Ahasuerus, a Gothic tapestry illustrated on my plate no. 35; Jesus among the Doctors, and the Marriage of Cana, a Late Gothic tapestry, the latter part of which is illustrated on my plate no. 39; the Massacre of the Innocents, and the Flight into Egypt, a companion piece to the preceding; two Late Gothic Morality tapestries; a Scene from a Romance; a Late Gothic verdure with personages Hunting Scene; all lent by Mr. Morgan to the Metropolitan Museum.
Schumann Trojan is my abbreviation for Dr. Paul Schumann's Trojanische Krieg, Dresden, 1898, one large folio volume of 8 photographic plates illustrating the eight original XV century colour sketches from which were woven the Trojan War Gothic tapestries at South Kensington (no. 6, 1887), and in the Courthouse of Issoire a little town in the South of France about 75 miles west of Lyons. The accompanying text volume also contains small illustrations of the tapestries themselves reproduced from Jubinal Tapisseries. Magazines that contain valuable articles on tapestry are the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, L'Art (particularly the articles Les Tapisseries de Bruxelles et leurs Marques by Alphonse Wanters 1881), Les Arts Anciens de Flandre, the Art Journal (particularly the series of articles beginning July, 1911, on Tapestry Weaving in England by W. G. Thomson, author of the English History of Tapestry), the Burlington Magazine, the International Studio. Helpful in keeping track of sales are the Chronique des Arts, the Kuntsmarkt, the Connoisseur, the American Art News.
Plate no. 365. The Triumph of Fame. Gothic tapestry, 3.30 metres by 4.70, brought S1620 at the Sotnzée sale in 1901, picturing one of the Triumphs of Petrarch. There is a complete set in the Imperial Austrian Collection. The different personages are designated by name in Gothic letters. Fame with four mouthed trumpet rides triumphantly over the bodies of two of the Fates, Clotho and Atrophos. Charlemagne, crowned, bears the symbols of earthly power, the sword and the globe with cross. Beginning on the left, the other figures are Virgil, Cicero, Homer, Aristotle, Saint Louis, and Plato.