TAPESTRIES 
Kunstindustrimuseet (The museum of applied arts), Oslo,Norway  
 
Flemish tapestry weaving was introduced to Norway in the 16thC and quickly became popular enough for a weaving industry to develop in Gudbrandsdalen, on the west coast in the Voss/Sogn region, Valdres, Telemark  and Sør Trøndelag. Gudbrandsdalen situated as it was along the major internal route of commerce, became the center of tapestry weaving. Both through stylistic influence and in sheer volume of weaving.
 
This type of tapestry would as a rule be used as a bed cover. They might later be used as wall hangings. These tapestries differ in choice of subjects, size, use and color from the large imported tapestries from Belgium and France.
 
1613-25
 
"The human being between Sin and Mercy.
 
Wall hanging, tapestry.
Wool and linen.
Made in Sandsvær, Vestfold
Colors fairly close to real colors on tapestry
 
 
First judgement of King Solomon
1650-1700
Vågå,Gudbrandsdalen
 
Accurate colors
The five wise and the five foolish virgins.
 
Late 17th C
Gudbrandsdalen ?
 
Tapestry, coverlet
 
Photo slightly pinker than tapestry
The adoration of the magi.
 
Late 17th C
Gudbrandsdalen
 
Tapestry, coverlet
 
Photo slightly pinker than tapestry
The Banquet of Herod.
 
Late 17th C
Gudbrandsdalen
 
Tapestry, coverlet
 
Photo slightly pinker than tapestry
According to an exhibition catalog from 1955, the museum owns another tapestry on the same subject dated to 1613 from the same valley.
 
There is a only a
black and white photo,
so color comparison is not feasible.
 
Large parts of this tapestry looks like a copy. The biggest changes are in the top panel and the borders of the tapestry. This one is simpler.
 
SOURCES
The woven coverlets of Norway
Kathrine Larson
ISBN 0-295-98131-8
 
Norwegian art treasures
900 years of textiles , sculpture and silver
Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh (1958)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1959)
Exhibition catalogue
 
Tapisseri og turkey-work(flossvevning)
Edle and Thor Kielland
Nordsjøkulturen
Britisk kunsthåndverk
1650-1850
Exhibition catalogue 1955
 
 
(and a textile book on a prolonged walkabout in some bookshelf....)