Probably woven at the Great Wardrobe (London) under the direction of John Vanderbank (Flemish, active 1683–1717), 1695–1715
Wool and silk
120 x 180 in. (305 x 457 cm)
Gift of Mrs. George F. Baker, 1953 (53.165.1)
John Vanderbank was head of the Great Wardrobe workshop in London from 1689 to 1717, with responsibility for weaving and repairing tapestries for the English crown. During the early 1690s, he provided tapestries "designed in the Indian manner" for Queen Mary's apartments at Kensington Palace (the queen was an avid collector of Chinese porcelain). Thereafter, he appears to have developed a variation of these designsof which The Concert is typicalfor commercial sale, which were woven many times in the early 1700s.