The Concert from a pair of Indo-Chinese scenes

Maker: Attributed to the workshop of John Vanderbank the Elder (Flemish, 1683–1717)

Maker: Probably woven by Great Wardrobe (Great Queen Street, Saint Giles-in-the-Fields, London)

Designer: Unknown

Date: 1690–1715

Culture: British, London

Medium: Wool, silk (19-20 warps per inch, 7-8 per cm.)

Dimensions: Overall (Confirmed by Textile Conservation 9/06): 121 x 186 1/2 in. (307.3 x 473.7 cm)
Overall (Confirmed by Textile Conservation in 1984): 120 x 180 in. (304.8 x 457.2 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Tapestries

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. George F. Baker, 1953

Accession Number: 53.165.1

Description

John Vanderbank was head of the Great Wardrobe workshop in London from 1689 to 1717, with responsibility for weaving and repairing tapestries for the British 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 designs—of which The Concert is typical—for commercial sale, which were woven many times in the early 1700s.

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