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Fragment: Arms and Devices of Louise de Savoie and Charles d' Angouleme (a large fragment, probably from a set of furnishings for a room)

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The composition uses architectural motifs as its elements. The motifs have been arranged in three sets of parallel strips, two sets placed horizontally at the top and bottom to form borders, and the third set placed vertically to form borders, and the third set placed vertically to form the main...

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Until about 1925, Château de la Bellière, La-Vicomté-sur-Rance, Ille-et-Villaine, France [see note 1]; between about 1925 and 1935 sold, possibly by A. de la Bellière and others, to Raphael Stora, Paris and New York [see note 2]; 1936, sold by Stora to the MFA for $17,000 (Accession Date: January 9, 1936) NOTES: [1] According to information provided by Stora the tapestry is said to be "From the collection of the Marquis de Savoie Querignan (descendant of Louise de Savoie)." In a short essay entitled "A Very Fine and Unique Tapestry of the XV. Century," apparently written and supplied by Stora, the tapestry is said to have been found "in a loft of the Chateau de la Belliere a la Vicomte sur Rance, by the last heir. It was used as an accessory for Italian comedy in the 18th century, as an ornament in the room of the castle where the productions were given. The castle was inhabited by one of the ancestors of the heir, who had been Governor of Savoy." According to a published paper delivered by M. Gustave Dupont-Ferrier at the annual public meeting of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, November 22, 1935, entitled "Origine et signification de la salamandre ornementale dite de François 1er," the tapestry was exhibited after its discovery at the Château de Blois, Loir-et-Cher, France; no further information on this exhibition has been discovered. At the time of publication, it was said to be "currently [at the] boulevard Haussmann," probably with Stora. In 1973, when the piece was included in the exhibition "Chefs-d'œuvre de la tapisserie du XIVe au XVIe siècle," organized by the Grand Palais in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Alain Erlande-Bradenburg in the "Bulletin de la Societe de l'Histoire de l'Art Francais," noted (probably erroneously) that the tapestry was discovered in the attic of the "château de la Tournerie, à Mantilly, dans l'Orne." [2] A hand-written note in curatorial file, probably by MFA curator Gertrude Townsend, lists Monsieur A. de La Belliere, Monsieur Raymond de Maleziere, Roger de Maleziere, and H. de Sangy as the "people from whom Stora bought tapestry."

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund

French, 1488–1515

Object Place

possibly Loire Valley, France


350 x 470 cm (137 13/16 x 185 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool warp, wool and silk wefts; tapestry weave


Textiles and Fashion Arts