The Toilette of Psyche from The Story of Psyche tapestry series

Object Details


The Toilette of Psyche from The Story of Psyche tapestry series


After design by François Boucher (French, 1703 - 1770)
woven under the direction of Nicolas Besnier (French, 1714 - 1754)
and Jean-Baptiste Oudry (French, 1686 - 1755)
Beauvais Manufactory (French, founded 1664)




Beauvais, France (Place created)


about 1741 - 1742


Wool and silk; modern cotton lining


335.3 × 266.7 cm (132 × 105 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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Beside a fountain on an outdoor stone terrace, Psyche is groomed by her attendants. Two maids stand behind Psyche and dress her hair. A large mirror reflects her face and one of her attendants. To the left of the mirror, an attendant appears transfixed by Psyche's beauty; another displays a length of pink silk fabric. At the right edge, a seated attendant sorts flowers and converses with a maid who carries powder and perfume on a silver tray. Psyche is probably being prepared for her first night with her new husband, Cupid.

Nicolas Besnier, a silversmith and co-director of the Beauvais manufactory, probably advised Boucher on the trio of elaborate silver objects in the foreground--a large pitcher, basin, and tray.

Jean-Baptiste Oudry also assisted with this tapestry.

1741 - 1742

Probably woven for M. d'Auriac in 1741 - 1742.


Sir Anthony Nathan de Rothschild, first Bart., 1810 - 1876 (London, England)

- 1931

Henry Walters, American, 1848 - 1931 (Baltimore, Maryland)

1931 - 1941

Mrs. Sara (Green) Walters [sold, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 26, 1941, lot 739.]


French and Company, Inc. (New York City, New York), sold to J. Paul Getty, 1941.

1941 - 1963

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1963.

Casting Nature: François-Thomas Germain's Machine d'Argent (July 11, 2006 to March 25, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 11, 2006 to March 25, 2007