Oxburgh Hall II

Project: Oxburgh Hall
Location: Norfolk

Historical Background

Built by the Bedingfield family in 1482, during the War of the Roses, Oxburgh Hall has a wonderful Romantic, tudor style interior. Featuring heavily carved ancient woodwork, stained glass, armour, and embroideries worked by Mary Queen of Scots.

The Project

Following the success of the Verdure tapestries commissioned by Oxburgh Hall last year Zardi & Zardi has now produced further tapestries, this time recreating the East and West walls of the King's Room. 

In the early 19th century the 6th Baronet furnished the King’s Room with ancient textiles and furniture to commemorate the visit made to Oxburgh by King Henry VII and his queen, Elizabeth of York, in 1487.  The themes that we associate with the house all come together here: Catholicism, royal connections, survival and continuity.

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.

 

However all the tapestries were sold in the 1920s and left the country. 

 

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 4 source tapestries from which composite tapestries were created and made up into wall hangings.

 

Working with 4 completely different tapestries posed its problems.  Usually on receipt of a new digital image Zardi & Zardi run a series of colour trials in photoshop so the printed version matches as closely as possible the original.  This can be a tricky and time-consuming process, often going through a number of iterations. 

 

However, with this project it was also important that, when all seen together in the composites, the tapestries sit together comfortably and that none of the individual tapestries ‘jump' off the wall.

 

 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,'

Read Anna Forrest's article for the National Trust's Arts, Buildings, Collections Bulletin (Summer 2017) /