DescriptionBjorn Wiinblad (Danish, 1918-2006)
Flax, semi-worsted New Zealand wool
Signed lower right Bjorn Wiinblad, 1972
364 x 288 inches (924.6 x 731.5 cm)
The third and final panel Bjorn Wiinblad created for his storytelling from the Arabian Nights depicts the bride Doniazade and her sister Scheherezade along with four attendants. This is the most magnificent tapestry of the series. Measuring 32' x 24', Wiinblad has included six figures on the beautiful lemon yellow background. Doniazade remains the focal point of the piece as she is seated and still attended to by her sister. But there are four attendants now in their olive green gowns. The fine detail work of the pearls, the birds at the feet of Doniazade and the small cat at bottom right are remarkable. The entire work is surrounded by intricate floral work capturing the serenity of the scene. Doniazade is now married, her sister content that she too will enjoy a long and happy life continuing to tell her stories in the Arabian Nights.
After the completion of these tapestries Bjorn Wiinblad continued his work for over thirty years until his death just last year. His body of work has become known worldwide for his depth and scope of mediums within which he worked.
Acquired from the artist in 1973.
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000.
Based on the artist's instructions, the tapestry has been vacuumed through a protective screen at regular intervals and at the artist'srequest.
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