A museum treasure ...
exquisite rendering of the French National Anthem by Eugene Grasset,
one of the greatest French Art Nouveau illustrators.
One of an edition of 300 copies.
Being weaved in Lyon, by Tassinari and Chatel, set up in 1680 by
who specialised in fabrics made with gold and silver thread, and is the
of Lyonnaise silks. As the creator of some oft the principal styles of
French upholstery fabrics,
the company has supplied the French, Spanish, Russian and Swedish Courts
since the middle of the 18th Century.
The designs of these four illustrated panels, each measuring approximately
13 by 9 inches, are woven by hand in fine silk with a technique based
upon the punch-card system used by Jacquard, and following principles
developed by Charles Babbage for his experimental calculating machine.
The title panel shows a personification of France as a fierce young
woman flying over a battlefield, waving sword and banner. The border
incorporates flames, wreaths, torches, and human figures in a depiction
of war's destruction.
On the third and fourth panels the remaining verses are flanked by monumental
figures of winged Victory, French soldiers of noble appearance in rippling
cloaks, and a variety of martial emblems (trumpet, standards, weapons,
laurels, oak branches etc.) in an architectural setting.
The second panel shows the words and music, woven into the fabric with
remarkable fineness of detail, within a Classical frame of fasces and
laurel wreaths, and a portrait of the author in a medallion bristling
with swords and bayonets.
Housed in the original cardboard portfolio, with a printed label giving
a full interpretation of the illustrations, and naming the museums which
possess copies of
"ce veritable chef-d'oeuvre de tissage lyonnais."