The Pomona tapestry is one of the most popular of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones tapestries, designed in 1885 showing Pomona, "the ancient apple queen", who personifies Autumn in this Pre-Raphaelite tapestry. We see the figure standing barefoot in a pink robe, with an intricate leaf effect on the bodice and sleeves. Her hair is tied back and in her right hand she holds a harvest of apples and an apple branch in her left. On the ground and in the background are acanthus, with sunflowers, reminiscent of the Mille Fleurs backgrounds common in Medieval tapestries. An ornate and detailed work that is typical of the dedication of the Morris & Co artists and weavers.
Poems by the Way
Pomona features as one of the Verses for Pictures in Poems by the Way by William Morris:
I am the ancient Apple-Queen,
As once I was so am I now.
For evermore a hope unseen,
Betwixt the blossom and the bough.
Ah, where's the river's hidden Gold!
And where the windy grave of Troy?
Yet come I as I came of old,
From out the heart of Summer's joy.
Pomona tapestry is woven in France, is lined and has a tunnel for easy hanging - we provide tapestry hanging information with each order. Pictured is the larger size - the smaller one is slightly softer in tones.
The Pomona tapestry is one of the most popular of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones tapestries, designed in 1885 showing Pomona, "the ancient apple queen", who personifies...MORE