Personnages de la Commedia dell’arte (Characters from the Commedia dell’arte)
Tapestry probably woven in Aubusson.
Baptistin Spade, is one of those multi-talented interior designers whose career, specialising in the decoration of ocean liners (from the “Normandy” to the “France”) spanned over 40 years. In this way, he made several cartoons for rugs, but also for tapestries in collaboration with M. Couderc.
Hence, tapestry for Spade is conceived as a part of a whole, as a decorative element (in a similar process to that employed by Jacques Adnet at the Compagnie des Arts Français) : here, the traditional subject, the style, the muted colours, the use of perspective, the highly illustrative treatment complete with the presence of a border, mean that we are a long way still from the preoccupations that Lurçat will bring to the genre.
Cat. Exh. 2017 l’année Cavaillès, le théatre en tapisserie, Sorèze, musée dom Robert, ill. n°1 p.18