The weaving of tapestries, as we think of them today, began in Europe in the early 14th century. Over time, the industry took root in northern France and the southern Netherlands. Originally used to decorate palaces, churches, and castles throughout Europe, smaller versions were produced into the 15th and 16th centuries as the tapestry became a recognized art form.
Verdue, meaning "green," tapestries were first woven in the 16th century and were characterized by their green tones, complex foliage and flower motifs. In today's decorating, a tapestry can change a room by creating a striking and impressive focal point, something which cannot be matched by a wall mirror or hanging wallpaper. This early 19th century verdue tapestry depicts a beautiful country scene, featuring a hound on the bank of a river, with an imposing chateau in the background, within a foliate border.
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Mounted porcelain pieces were first made in the 16th and 17th centuries when trade was opened with China. In order to make the objects more appealing to Western collectors, ormolu mounts were sometimes added. The popularity of this technique led to its control by luxury dealers in Paris, known as the "marchands-merciers," who had a monopoly on the import and decoration of these wares from the East.
Known as the "tastemakers" of their day, the marchands-merciers created ingenious designs to ornament the otherwise simple porcelains, transforming them into the latest fashions.
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