Oxborough Hall II
Following the success of the Verdure tapestries on the South wall of the King’s Room Oxburgh Hall commissioned Zardi & Zardi to produce further tapestries, for the East and West walls.
Old photographs and a watercolour by Matilda Bedingfeld (c.1850) show how the Victorian Bedingfelds celebrated the history of the room by decorating it in the ‘romantic’ style. A series of elaborate early 16th-century Flemish tapestries were hung above mock-Tudor panelling installed in 1863.
House Manager, Edward Bartlett, and curator, Anna Forrest searched similar collections at Hever Castle, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Collection and decided upon four source tapestries from which composite tapestries were created and made up into wall hangings.
Working with four completely different tapestries posed its problems. Usually Zardi & Zardi run a series of colour trials on receipt of a new digital image to match our printed versions as closely as possible to the original. With this project, it was also important that the tapestries sit together comfortably when seen together in the composites.
Anna Forrest was ‘absolutely delighted with the digital tapestries for Oxburgh. The colours are stunning, and they look really impressive. I cannot wait to get them up on the walls. Even laid out in a spare room they have incredible impact,'