A Tapestry of Your Own
You don’t have to be an archduke to buy a tapestry. “There are some amazing older tapestries available at auction for $20,000 to $30,000,” says the Met’s Thomas Campbell. Or less: A mid-18th-century piece from the great weaving center of Aubusson went for about $12,000 in 2009 at Sotheby’s London. (That city and Paris are the best places to buy pre-19th-century tapestries.)
If the cartoon design is by a famous name, it will go for more. François Boucher’s The Flute Player, circa 1778, is $185,000 at New York’s Vojtech Blau gallery.
Shown above is a tapestry by French designer René Fumeron.