Item #51-1412 Tapisserie de Haute-Lisse des Gobelins [Tapestry Making at Gobelins]. Engravings from Denis Diderot and Jean Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert: Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Robert Bénard, Louis-François Petit-Radel, 1740–1818, artists.

Tapisserie de Haute-Lisse des Gobelins [Tapestry Making at Gobelins]. Engravings from Denis Diderot and Jean Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert: Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers.

Paris: Chez Briasson, David & Le Breton, 1762-1767. 39.5 x 25.5 cm. 13 plates, some double and triple page, numbered I-XIII and one sheet of letterpress description. On the high-warp loom, the warps run vertically between two rollers, with the bottom one receiving the finished tapestry. For use on these looms, the cartoon would be hung on a wall behind the weaver, who would look through the warp threads at the cartoon’s reflection in a mirror on the wall in front of him.
In contrast, on the low-warp loom, the warps run horizontally between two rollers. For use on these looms, cartoons were cut into strips of about 80 centimeters wide and laid below the tautly stretched warp threads. The weaver would look down, between the warp threads, to transfer the design. After the design from each cartoon strip was woven, the strip was removed, and the completed section of tapestry was rolled onto a receiving beam. The next strip was then laid under the still-unwoven warp threads, and the process was repeated until the entire cartoon had been transferred. Item #51-1412

Price: $550.00

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