Tapestry: Don Quichotte guéri de sa folie par la sagesse, from L'Histoire de don Quichotte Series

Object Details

Title:

Tapestry: Don Quichotte guéri de sa folie par la sagesse, from L'Histoire de don Quichotte Series

Artist/Maker:

Woven at the Royal Factory of Furniture to the Crown at the Gobelins Manufactory (French, founded 1662 - present)
under the direction of Michel Audran (French, 1701 - 1771)
and his son Jean Audran fils (French, died 1794, active Gobelin Manufactory 1771 - 1794)
after the painting by Charles-Antoine Coypel (French, 1694 - 1752)
the alentours were designed in collaboration by Claude Audran III (French, before 1658 - 1734)
Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay fils (French, 1668 - 1730)
Alexandre-François Desportes (French, 1661 - 1743)
and Valande

Culture:

French

Place:

Gobelins, France (Place created)

Date:

1773

Medium:

Silk and wool

Dimensions:

370.8 × 386.1 cm (146 × 152 in.)

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In a scene from the Gobelins tapestry series L’Histoire de Don Quichotte (The Story of Don Quixote), based on the enormously popular romance novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote sleeps in one of the chairs, dreaming of Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, who approaches in a cloud with her left arm extended to dispel his madness. His companion Sancho, who stands next to him, gazes in a trance at the figure of Folly, who carries in her right hand a model of a castle and in her left a pole with a fool’s cap.

Tapestry weavers rendered the scene as if it were a painting in a gilt-wood frame, hung against a damask-covered wall, which is festooned with thick garlands of fruit and flowers. The picture frame rests on a base piled with armor, an axe, flags, and two cornucopias overflowing with fruit. The tapestry’s title is woven below in yellow thread. The same decorative field, known as the alentours, encloses each of the narrative scenes in the Getty Museum’s set of four Don Quixote tapestries.

This tapestry, and its companions, were woven at Gobelins under the direction of Michel Audran and his son Jean Audran fils. The central scene follows the composition of the painter Charles-Antoine Coypel, while Claude Audran III, Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay fils, Alexandre-François Desportes, and Valande designed the alentours.

Provenance
1773 - 1786

French Crown, Manufacture Royale des Meubles de la Couronne (Paris, France)

1786

Louis XVI, King of France, French, 1754 - 1793, given to Albert and Marie-Christine, duke and duchess of Saxe-Teschen, on August 20, 1786.

1786 - 1822

Albert, duke of Saxe-Teschen and Joint Governor of the Austrian Netherlands, German, 1738 - 1822, and installed in the Tarockisches Haus (subsequently called the Albertina), Vienna, by 1820.

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and Marie-Christine, duchess of Saxe-Teschen and Joint Governor of the Austrian Netherlands, Austrian, 1742 - 1792, (sister of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France)

1822 - 1847

Karl Ludwig Johann Joseph Lorenz, duke of Teschen, German, 1771 - 1847

1847 - 1895

Albrecht Friedrich Rudolph, duke of Teschen, German, 1817 - 1895

1895 - 1936

Friedrich Maria Albrecht Wilhelm Karl, duke of Teschen, German, 1856-1936 (Schloss Haltburn, Burgenland, Austria; London, England), removed by him to London, 1936.

1967

Alice Bucher (Lucerne, Switzerland) [unsold, Sotheby's, London, December 8, 1967, lot 1]

1981 - 1982

Roland Romer (Zurich, Switzerland) [sold, Sotheby's, Monaco, June 14, 1982, no. 571, to the J. Paul Getty Museum]

Exhibitions
Coypel's Don Quixote Tapestries: Illustrating a Spanish Novel in Eighteenth-Century France (February 25 to May 17, 2015) (28)
  • The Frick Collection (New York), February 24 to May 17, 2015
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