The J. Paul Getty Museum

Verdure with Château and Garden

Object Details

Title:

Verdure with Château and Garden

Artist/Maker:

Katharine Ghuys, the Widow Guillaume Werniers (French, died 1778, active from 1738)

Culture:

French

Date:

1738–1778

Medium:

Wool and silk; modern linen lining and polyester dust band

Object Number:

2005.17

Dimensions:

271 × 268.8 cm (106 11/16 × 105 13/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of John F. Nickoll

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Object Description

Amidst lush greenery, a frisky spaniel startles two large birds. One bird extends its wings about to take flight. Behind this bird, a rose bush leads upward to a fig tree attracting exotic birds to its ripening fruit. This central foliage and the trees at the left and right edges create arcades through which the viewer can see a country château and its grounds. The impressive mansion is complemented by formal, symmetrically arranged gardens and multi-tiered fountains.

Tapestries showing scenes of country houses set amid gardens and wooded hillsides, were known as "verdures" because of their rich green (or "verdant") tones. This large wool and silk verdure tapestry is dominated by greens and earthy browns. During the 1600s and early 1700s, verdures comprised the vast majority of the weaving industry's production in Northern Europe. The hangings effectively brought "nature" into the home and were enormously popular with prosperous customers who could afford luxurious decor. With its deep perspective, verdures like this one also created a sense of space within the domestic interior.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1916

Baron Tomitz, sold to French and Company, New York, April 17, 1916.
Source: French and Company stock sheet number 3538. Stock sheet preserved in the Getty Research Institute.

1916 - 1919

French and Company, Inc. (New York City, New York), sold to J[oseph] W. Harriman, September 12, 1919.
Source: French and Company stock sheet number 3538. Stock sheet preserved in the Getty Research Institute.

1919 - 1934

Joseph Wright Harriman, American, 1867 - 1949 (New York State) [sold, Plaza Art Auction Galleries Inc., New York, November 15, 1934, lot 345 for $ 1,900]
Source: Price and buyer information from a press clipping attached to the auction catalogue in the Getty Research Institute.

- 1999

Vojtech Blau, Incorporated (41 E. 57th Street, New York City, New York), sold, May 10, 1999, to John F. Nickoll, Los Angeles.

1999 - 2005

John F. Nickoll (Los Angeles, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005.