Frampton Court Estate

Frampton Court’s Tapestry

Frampton Court's tapestry

The tapestry is said to have been installed in the Tapestry Room when Frampton Court was built in 1733. It is a verdure tapestry with wide floral border and is stretched on a wooden frame. It depicts a pastoral scene with a classic building above a lake and a spaniel flushing partridge in a wooded lake landscape – much as they do today!

The tapestry is woven using wool warps and silk wefts. The colours are shades of brown, beige and blue, (the blue would originally have been green). Cream and pale blue silk was used for the sky and highlights on the foliage.

Close-up of Frampton Court's tapestry

Soot from coal fires and smoke over 300 years has considerably darkened the tapestry and obscured much of the woven design and the silk weft.

The silk has worn and degraded in places and some horizontal slits are gaping due to strain.

Splitting in Frampton Court's tapestry

Temporary measures, such as drawing pins, to take the strain have long needed a professional solution.

Drawing Pins in Frampton Court's tapestry

The tapestry is soon to be removed from the wall, stabilised and sent to the best tapestry cleaners in Europe, de Wit of Mechelen in Belgium, to remove years of ingrained dirt thus enhancing the colours and revealing details in the design.

On its return from Belgium it will go to Alison Lister of Textile Conservation, Bristol, to complete full conservation treatment and provide support and strength to weak areas. It will be fully lined before being re-hung in the Tapestry room.

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