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[from the French, ‘surroundings’]

Denotes a type of border for tapestries, first produced at the Gobelins factory for a set illustrating Don Quixote in 1714. Whereas earlier tapestry surrounds had simulated a picture frame, alentours consisted of trompe l'oeil garlands of flowers, ribbons, birds, etc. which filled the greater part of each composition with a figurative scene, often in a simulated picture-frame, placed in the centre.

Subjects: Art.


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