Le Palmier, 1984-85
Wool, cotton, rayon, silk and linen
108.5 H x 143.5inches
275.6 H x 364.5cm
Edition 2 of 6
Manufactured by Atelier Philippe Hecquet
Signed "Sheila Hicks" and numbered on verso
A large version of this tapestry was created for King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and is installed in the main auditorium. Hicks created the original sketches in Saudi Arabia in 1983 and wove the large version in the Atelier Hecquet of Aubusson, France, in 1984 to 1985.
This smaller work was originally a prototype of the King Saud University tapestry that was then made into an edition of 6. Each example was hand-woven by the artist with the help of three assistants in the Atelier Philippe Hecquet, following the traditional weaving methods established at the Aubusson workshops in the early sixteenth century. Examples from this edition are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
From the collection of the artist