Object StatementTapestry, 'Australia', wool/cotton, designed by Jean Lurcat for Anzac House, woven by Suzanne Goubely-Gatien, Aubusson, France, 1960-1961
Physical DescriptionLarge tapestry, woven in plain weft-face tapestry weave, using fine wool wefts on a heavier cotton warp. The design, on a black ground, features a central sun motif with multicoloured designs of Australian flora and fauna that symbolise the Australian Imperial Forces. The work is designed in three emblematic horizontal bands; in the upper band are birds symbolising the Air Force, in the middle band are animals and flowers symbolising the Army, and in the lower band are fish and marine life symbolising the Navy. The centre of the tapestry is occupied by the large yellow sun, within which are the Southern Cross constellation, wattle, and the faces of Australian youth symbolising those who died on the battlefields of World War II. In the black background behind the sun are the stars of the southern hemisphere and the Milky Way.
The weaver's monogram 'CG' is woven into the lower right corner, and a label with the designer's name, the artist's signature and related information is stitched to the back of the tapestry. Accompanying the object is an inscribed bronze plaque mounted on a wooden backing board with a pedestal stand; the inscription on the plaque provides information about the tapestry.
MarksMonogram, within tapestry, front lower right corner "CG" and the image of a crown. Artist details, handsewn square cotton label inscribed with blue ball point pen, verso right corner "Australie / 348 x 700 / jean LURCAT" followed by the artist's signature "Jean Lurcat 2116". Also in faint print behind above inscription "TITRE / DIMENSIONS / CARTON de / EDITEUR SUZANNE GOUBELY - GATIEN / AUBUSSON". Also machine made label "...IMITE DEFINI..." and monogram concealed by backing tape.