Tapestry: Fünf Schwane

German
1897
Designed by Otto Eckmann (German, 1865–1902), Woven by The Kunstwebschule Scherrebek (German)


Object Place: Germany

Dimensions

Overall: 241.3 x 107.3 cm (95 x 42 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1991.440

Medium or Technique

Tapestry woven wool and cotton

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Funf Schwane is a notable example of German Art Nouveau, or Jugendstil, tapestry art inspired by Japanese ukiyoe prints The long, narrow composition depicting a group of five swans on a meandering brook set within an idyllic forest, is representative of the more poetic naturalism of this style. Decorative elements woven in top and bottom to suggest borders. fringed sides.

Inscription

woven marks: OE (intertwined); workshop logo (three horizontal stripes)

Provenance

1991, sold by the Galerie Ruf, Rastatt, Germany, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 1991)

Credit Line

Otis Norcuss Fund, Textile Curator's Fund, Charles Potter Kling Fund, and Textile Purchase Fund