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Tapestries from the Burrell Collection

Tapestries from the Burrell Collection
Elizabeth Cleland, Lorraine Karafel

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The magnificent collection of some 200 fourteenth- to seventeenth-century European tapestries acquired by Glasgow shipping magnate Sir William Burrell (1861–1958) is one of the largest and most important tapestry collections in the world. Although attempts to catalogue them have been made in the past, most have never been published and are therefore little known.

Lavishly illustrated, this book presents comprehensive entries for each of the tapestries in the Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Scotland. New research by an international team of experts details how, where, when and why these tapestries were made. By analysing their raw materials and identifying the quirks of their weavers’ techniques, by exploring their subject matter and design sources, occasionally linking them with named designers and weavers, and by discussing their original patrons and owners, each of the entries unveils the unique treasures within the Burrell’s tapestry collection. Taken as a whole, this is a readable and informative survey of medieval, Renaissance and early modern European tapestries, including key examples from all the major production centres, celebrating the medium’s significance and appeal for its original audiences. In the collection’s remarkable survival, remaining together as a group, it also provides an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy the tastes, and the opportunities, available to an enlightened early twentieth-century collector such as Burrell, acquiring his tapestries during one of the most intense and exciting eras of modern collecting history. 

The catalogue is prefaced by an essay on Burrell as a collector of tapestries and another on the history of the maintenance and care of tapestries. Appendices provide details of the dealers from whom Burrell bought the tapestries and on other noted collectors amongst his contemporaries. Illustrated conservation essays, a glossary, a full bibliography and an index complete the volume.

The resulting work provides a record of a major collection which will become a benchmark for future research and interpretation of tapestries of the period.



Author Info

Elizabeth Cleland is Associate Curator,European Sculpture and Decorative Arts,The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NewYork.Lorraine Karafel is Assistant Professorof Art & Design History, Parsons, The NewSchool for Design, New York.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd

ISBN: 9781781300503
Publication Date: 29 Aug 2017
Number of Pages: 696
Height: 287
Width: 240
Illustrations: 475 colour

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