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Dutch Tapestry

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Glasgow Museums has a collection of eight Dutch tapestries dating from the mid 17th century to the 18th century, all of which form part of the Burrell Collection, donated by Sir William and Constance, Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow in 1944.

This collection includes an impressive table carpet, decorated with the naturalistic floral decoration typical of this country of origin. It was made in the mid 17th century, and the flowers are scattered around a central wreath of fruit against a dark background. Several fragmentary panels in the collection are woven with similar floral motifs. Some of these have been used as panels in a screen while others were most likely cushion covers. Some fragments depicting landscape scenes complete this small group of tapestries.

The geographical region now called 'The Netherlands' was subject to many political transformations during the period in question which therefore means that it is not possible to provide a clear definition of the region where the tapestries were made, although in the case of 17th century items 'Dutch' is generally considered appropriate.